Karen Dawisha, Miami University's Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Political Science, was awarded Miami University's prestigious Benjamin Harrison Medallion.
Dawisha is known internationally for her academic research, analyses and publications in the fields of post-communist transitions and Russian politics. She is the director of Miami’s Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies and has served Miami and her profession in numerous academic and administrative capacities.
The Benjamin Harrison Medallion Award is one of the most significant recognitions Miami offers faculty for contributions attesting to qualities of teaching, research and/or service. It is named for Benjamin Harrison, the 1852 Miami graduate and 23rd president of the United States, serving from 1889-1893.
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.
Miami University is proud to welcome over 50 new tenured or tenure-eligible faculty, 50 new visiting assistant professors, and eight lecturers or clinical and professionally licensed faculty in fall 2014. The orientation for new faculty will occur on August 18-21, 2014. More information, including a schedule of activities, can be found on the New Faculty Orientation website.
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 process for the dean of the College of Education, Health, and Society, is now underway. Susan Mosley-Howard will serve as the interim dean.