(Updated Feb. 1) Marjorie M. (Kelly) Cowan, currently interim regional campus dean at Miami University Middletown, has been appointed dean of that campus effective Feb. 1.
Cowan joined the faculty at Miami Middletown in 1993, received tenure and was promoted to associate professor of microbiology in 2000, and in February 2005 was promoted to full professor. She became associate executive director for academic affairs at Miami Middletown in July 2003.
"Kelly is an outstanding leader with a deep love both of Miami University and the Middletown community," said President David Hodge. "We're extremely pleased that she was willing to step forward and be considered for the position, and her appointment is a terrific outcome for everyone."
Cowan earned a doctorate from the University of Louisville, where her research focused on applying physicochemical methodologies to describing the adhesion of bacteria to human tissues. Her book, The Microbe Files: Cases in Microbiology for the Undergraduate, was published in 2001. In 2005 her textbook, Microbiology: A Systems Approach, co-authored with Kathleen Park Talaro of Pasadena City College, was published by McGraw-Hill.
"In the last year and a half, Kelly Cowan has demonstrated tremendous leadership as interim dean of Miami University Middletown, in revitalizing the campus, building new ties with the community, and revising and re-energizing the instructional program," said Provost Jeff Herbst. "As the new permanent dean, she will accomplish even more in the years to come."