The Office of the Provost is proud to announce that three outstanding faculty members with significant records of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service have been appointed to serve in university director positions, beginning July 2014.
Dr. Rose Marie Ward has been appointed as the director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and University Assessment. Ward is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health and a faculty affiliate in the Departments of Statistics and Psychology. She has been a visiting scholar at Penn State University's Prevention Research Center and is author of over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals. She has won several teaching awards, including Ohio Magazine's Excellence in Education Award, the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities Teaching Award, and the Knox Excellence in Teaching Award. Ward will replace Dr. Cecilia Shore, professor of psychology, who has been in the position for the past five years.
Dr. Rich Taylor has been appointed as the director of Liberal Education, replacing Dr. John Tassoni who has been in the role for the past five years. Dr. Taylor is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, director of the Center of Industrial Organic Chemistry, and director of the Oxford Pathways Program. He has published numerous refereed journal articles and engaged in significant service including serving as interim chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as well as member of the Committee on Faculty Rights & Responsibilities, the Miami Plan Redesign team, and the Howe Center for Writing Excellence Advisory Committee.
Dr. Linda Marchant will serve as the next director of the University Honors Program, replacing Dr. Cindy Klestinec who has been serving as interim director for the past two years. Dr. Marchant is a professor of anthropology and has recently been a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego Salk Institute for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA). She has been an Altman Scholar and chair of the Department of Anthropology from 2002-2012. In addition to securing numerous grants and publishing numerous articles in the top journals in her field, Dr. Marchant was the recipient of the outstanding professor award from the Associated Student Government in 2004.
A new search for the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs is now underway. A search committee, led by Liz Mullenix, Dean of the College of Creative Arts, is being assembled. Ray Gorman will serve as interim provost while the University searches for a new provost. The individual selected will replace Bobby Gempesaw who served as provost from 2010-2014 and is assuming the presidency of St. John’s University in New York City.
Carine M. Feyten, who has served as dean of Miami University's College of Education, Health, and Society for the last eight years, has been appointed chancellor and president of Texas Woman’s University, the nation’s largest university primarily for women. A new search, chaired by Marek Dollar, Dean of the College of Engineering & Computing, is now underway. Susan Mosley-Howard will serve as the interim dean.
Congratulations to the outstanding faculty and staff members who have been selected for prestigious university awards:
Excellence in Academic Advising Award Winners: Marti Kyger (Farmer School of Business), Patrick Murphy (Department of English), and Katie Shoemaker (Office of Residence Life)
Career Development Award Winners: Julia Guichard (Department of Theatre), Jim Kiper (Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering), Heidi McKee (Department of English), Dave Rosenthal (Department of Marketing), Amy Summerville (Department of Psychology), Jan Taylor, (Department of Marketing), and Pat Troesch (Department of Kinesiology & Health)
Distinguished Scholar Award Winners: Mary Jean Corbett (Department of English), Gary Lorigan (Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry), Abdoulaye Saine (Department of Political Science), and Jing Zhang (Department of Statistics)
Distinguished Service Award Winners: Kip Alishio (Student Counseling Services) and Becky Dysart (Human Resources)
Distinguished Teaching Award Winners: Andrew Casper (Department of Art), Rodney Coates (Department of Sociology, Black World Studies Program), Alysia Fischer (Center for American & World Cultures), and Sergio Sanabria (Department of Architecture & Interior Design)