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Transitions in Academic Affairs

Transitions in Academic Affairs


Provost Margaret Madden is pleased to announce the appointment of replacements in a number of academic affairs programs:

Dr. James German, professor of history, began a three-year term as Director of General Education during the summer. Dr. German's extensive experience as a member of the General Education Committee will assure that our signature General Education program remains strong. I also want to thank Dr. Caroline Downing for her six years of service to the General Education program and wish her well in her new role of Chair of the Art Department.

With the conclusion of the Title III grant on Infusing Undergraduate Research Throughout the Curriculum, Dr. Gerald Ratliff, who has been serving as its project director, will resume the full duties of his position as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Jill Pearon's position as assistant provost is completed, as it was funded by the Title III grant so Dr. Ratliff could direct Title III. Specifically, Dr. Ratliff is once again the primary contact in the Provost's Office for submissions of new or revised programs to SUNY System Administration and the State Department of Education and he is coordinating the production of the 2014-2016 Undergraduate Catalog which must be completed this fall. We will be celebrating the accomplishments of the Title III program during the year. In the meantime, I commend Drs. Ratliff and Pearon for their excellent work for the past five years.

Dr. Kelly Bonner has been appointed the new Director of the Student Research Center, formerly the Center for Undergraduate Research. The Student Research Center's charge is to sustain the impact of the Title III initiative by promoting mentored student-faculty research. Dr. Carleen Graham deserves thanks for developing the Center's programs.The foundation she created will assure that this important initiative will continue to have a significant impact on our students.

Dr. Caron Collins, associate professor of Music Education, has accepted a one-year position as Director of the Learning and Teaching Excellence Center. Our gratitude goes to Dr. Cheryl Miller for developing and sustaining LTEC programs for the past few years.

Dr. Robert Hinckley is coordinating the New Faculty Seminar this year. Dr. Pearon coordinated this seminar as part of her Assistant Provost duties, and I am grateful for the improvements that she made in response to faculty feedback over the years. I know Dr. Hinckley will continue to build the strong foundation of this program to help new faculty get off to a good start on their careers here at SUNY Potsdam.

Dr. Sharmain Van Blommestein will serve as Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program this year, as Dr. Jacqueline Goodman has assumed an administrative position at Eastern Michigan University. She is especially grateful to Dr. Van Blommestein for her willingness to take on this position on short notice.

And she is thrilled to have such a strong team of faculty members working on these fine programs that do so much to strengthen the college-wide academic programs coordinated by the Provost's Office.

Media contact:

Alexandra Jacobs Wilke, Office of Public Affairs, (315) 267-2918