A message from Dr. Scott Gordon, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Welcome to the EWU community and the Division of Academic Affairs!
Throughout our history, and from our beginnings as a normal school for teachers, our goal has been to prepare graduates to be productive citizens. As a regional comprehensive university, EWU remains committed to preparing its students for life in a dynamic global society.
We draw students, faculty and staff from around the world. Our campus promotes a rich and complex blend of cultures and life experiences. Our student body is one of the most diverse in the state, with over one-quarter from diverse backgrounds.
We engage one another as life-long learners in the arts and humanities, business, social, natural, and health sciences, and education. Our academic programs and faculty are innovative and at the forefront of their fields.
I invite you to join our community and to explore a universe of possibilities offered at EWU! Please contact any of our staff to learn more.
EWU expands opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning.
Dr. Scott Gordon
Provost and Vice President
Division of Academic Affairs
Eastern Washington University
Dr. Helen Bergland to Serve as Interim Director for Assessment and Accreditation
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Helen Bergland has agreed to serve as the Division's Interim Director for Assessment and Accreditation. Dr. Bergland has a Ph.D. in Education, with an emphasis on teaching, learning, and assessment in higher education. She brings to this position sixteen years' experience with our faculty, collaborating on designing and implementing pedagogical improvements, assessing student learning, and researching the scholarship of teaching and learning, among other related topics. In addition, she has taught at EWU in the English Department and in First-year Experience (FYE) courses, has served on thesis-defense committees, and has facilitated faculty development and training through workshops, New Faculty Orientation, consultations, department and college retreats, and other events. Dr. Bergland has assisted a number of our externally accredited programs as they have come up for review with their professional associations and, for nearly ten years, has collaborated with the University's Accreditation Steering Committee and the University Assessment Committee to write reports for NWCCU and facilitate site visits. Please welcome Dr. Bergland to her new role at EWU.
EWU University College: Dean Announcement
I am pleased to announce that Lynn Briggs, PhD, has accepted the position of Dean of EWU's University College. Dr. Briggs, a Professor of English, began at EWU in 1994 as the Director of the Writers' Center. She was chosen in a national search as Dean of Arts and Letters in 2007. As inaugural Dean of the College of Arts, Letters and Education, she has experience integrating organizations in the university. Her recent research with Jon Hammermeister into the impact of teaching mental fitness skills in composition courses is a potential high impact practice that fits well with other high impact practices located in the college.
I am excited to have Dr. Lynn Briggs join the Provost's team and look forward to working with her to serve our faculty and students.
EWU College of Social Sciences: Dean Announcement
Vickie Shields, PhD, dean of Eastern Washington University's College of Social Sciences, has been named Provost and Executive Vice President at Nevada State College, effective June 1, 2017.
"I am honored and delighted to be named NSC's next Provost and Executive Vice President," said Dean Shields. "As a first generation college student myself I know first-hand how the mission of a public university transforms lives for students and their families. I am excited to join such a committed community of teacher scholars and professionals who truly pull together to deliver the very best curriculum and services for our students. I am committed to helping Nevada State College grow, thrive and fulfill its vital mission to students, faculty and the State of Nevada."
Dean Shields has served EWU since 2005. In 2010 she led the college during one of the largest and most complex re-organizations in EWU's history. The social and behavioral sciences college was joined by the prestigious School of Social Work, Counseling and Development Psychology department, Africana Education program, American Indian Studies program and the Chicano Education program. Since that time, she has built an outstanding college that is committed to social justice, interdisciplinary collaboration, global education, diversity and inclusion and the highest quality teaching, learning, research and community engagement in social science and professional social work.
In 2010-11 she served as President of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), the leading international organization of arts and sciences deans. Dean Shields has taught introductory through doctoral level courses in speech communication, feminist media studies and qualitative research. An internationally recognized communications and feminist media scholar, she writes from a cultural perspective on gender media content and media audiences specifically in the areas of advertising, television and film. She is also an expert in theoretical and methodological approaches to visual literacy.
During her time at EWU, Dean Shields has developed a strong college and has been a tremendous leader in a variety of ways. While I am saddened to see her leave, she has shown her ability to be successful at the next level of leadership, and I wish her well in her endeavors. A search for her replacement in the College of Social Sciences at EWU will begin in January.
Provost's Team, Division of Academic Affairs
As part of the Academic Affairs' reinvestment and restructuring initiative, I am pleased to announce the addition of two individuals to the Provost's team. New members to the team include Dr. David May, who will serve as the new Vice Provost for Academic Administration, and Mr. John Neace, who will serve as the new Associate Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement.
Dr. David May, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, came to EWU in 1999. At Eastern, he has served as Chair of the Department of Political Science and as Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences. Currently, he facilitates the EWU in the High School program as its faculty liaison and also directs the Center for Northwest Politics. His scholarly interests and work include the relationship between politics and public law, particularly the intersection of politics and constitutional interpretation.
Throughout his 33 years at Eastern, Mr. John Neace has made many contributions to the university and to EWU students. Since the early 1980s, he has been instrumental in Eastern's outreach to adult learners through the Interdisciplinary Studies degree program. As Senior Director for EWU's Extended Campus, he has overseen online courses and programs and all off-campus programming, including degree offerings at Bellevue College, Lower Columbia College, Everett Community College, North and South Seattle Colleges, and Clark College.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. David May and Mr. John Neace to their new roles. I am excited to have them join the Provost's team and look forward to working with them to serve our faculty and students.
Interim Dean, College of Business and Public Administration
I am pleased to announce that Danny Arnold, DBA, has been named the new interim dean of the College of Business and Public Administration (CPBA). His appointment is effective immediately and will run through June 30, 2017.
Dr. Arnold has been in higher education for more than 40 years. Most recently, he served as chair of the Department of Business at Rollins College in Florida, where he also served as interim dean of the College of Professional Studies. He has previously served in the role of business dean for a total of 18 years, at Stephen F. Austin State University, Missouri State University, Frostburg State University, and New Mexico State University. He has published a number of articles, books and textbooks.
Dr. Arnold earned his Doctor of Business Administration at Louisiana Tech University, where he also earned his MBA and bachelor's degrees. He replaces Dr. Martine Duchatelet, who will continue serving Eastern as a faculty member in the Department of Economics. A search for a permanent CPBA dean will begin this month.
2016-2017 Director of Critical Foundations
Faculty Organization President Jackie Coomes and I are pleased to announce that Dr. Julia Smith has been selected to continue her service as Critical Foundations' Director through August 31, 2017. Dr. Smith, who is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, served as CF Director last year and chaired the Critical Foundations Council. Dr. Smith will continue to provide oversight of CF curriculum development and assessment and will report on Critical Foundations through Rules to the Academic Senate.
New Director of the EWU Faculty Commons
I am pleased to announce that Melinda (Mindy) Breen, EWU professor of visual communication design, will serve as the new director of EWU's Faculty Commons. Her official appointment will begin September 2016 and will run through June 2018.
Professor Breen brings a wealth of experience working with faculty through her service as 2014-15 president of the Faculty Organization, her work on general education review and reform, and her collaboration on the original Faculty Commons' proposal. She will utilize this summer to begin planning and organizing initiatives for the coming academic year.
The Faculty Commons is designed to support faculty success in teaching, research and creative activities, and services such as community engagement. The Faculty Commons will assist in creating holistic approaches to teaching and learning as well as developing integrated connections among all areas in which faculty work. The Commons will aid Eastern in achieving excellence, which will lead to student success in retention, graduation and getting the most from their EWU learning experience. Professor Breen will be instrumental in developing and delivering programs in support of the goal of an enhanced teaching and learning community.
As we welcome Professor Breen to her new role, we also thank Drs. Helen Bergland and Elizabeth Tipton for their good work as Commons' directors and all others who have dedicated their time and expertise to the Faculty Commons initiative.
Dean Search - College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
David Bowman, PhD, has been named the new dean of EWU's College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CSTEM). His appointment will begin August 1.
Dr. Bowman is currently the interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) and professor of geophysics at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). He previously spent six years as chairman of CSUF's Department of Geological Services. He earned his BS, MS and PhD in geology at the University of Southern California.
Under his guidance at Fullerton, the NSM program has grown into one of the largest geology departments in the state of California, serving 160 students pursuing graduate and undergraduate degrees. While both a faculty member and interim dean at CSUF, Dr. Bowman has been involved in governance at all levels of the university. He also presided over the significant expansion of fundraising efforts within his college. Please welcome Dr. David Bowman to Eastern Washington University.
Dr. David Bowman Open Forum recording: http://hml.ewu.edu/Play/5977
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