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College of Health Announces Leadership Appointments PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, June 25, 2009
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Three veteran faculty members have been chosen to fill positions on The University of Southern Mississippi College of Health’s leadership team.

College of Health Dean Dr. Michael Forster announced that Dr. Susan Hubble-Burchell will be associate dean for the college; Dr. Tim Rehner will serve as director of the School of Social Work; and Dr. Steven Cloud will be the new chairman of the Department of Speech and Hearing.

“I look forward to working closely with them to promote the excellence of individual programs and the college as a whole,” Forster said. “They're all great team players.”

An associate professor of recreation in the School of Human Performance, Hubble-Burchell has served as its interim director from November 2007 to present and from November 2003 to June 2004. She also served as the school’s assistant director from 1997-2002, and as its coordinator for undergraduate services from 1993-1997.

She is co-director of the college’s new Center on Aging and is program coordinator for its Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology. From 2001-2002, she was president of the Southern Miss Faculty Senate; chaired the university’s Academic Council from 1996-1997; and was a member of the university’s Strategic Budget Planning Committee from 2008-2009.

Hubble-Burchell has earned several university and professional honors during her career, including the Southern Miss Association of Office Professional’s Educational Administrator of the Year in 2001; the Aubrey K. and Ella G. Lucas University Excellence in Service Award in 2005; the Southern Miss Department of Athletics’ Outstanding Service Award in 2006; and a Presidential Citation from the National Recreation and Park Association’s Leisure and Aging Section in 2008.

Rehner joined Southern Miss in 1993. He has served as interim director and associate director of the School of Social Work and as director of its bachelor of social work program, as well as director of the school’s Caribbean Studies program.

He co-founded the school’s Family Network Partnership, a community-based
delinquency prevention program, in 1995 and serves as its director. His research has
been published extensively and he is a frequent guest presenter at conferences and
forums, and holds two copyrights for software programs used in the Forrest County
Youth Court and Detention Center.

His service to the university includes membership and leadership with its Cross Creek Planning Committee; Graduate Council; University Strategic Planning Committee; University Advisory Committee; Faculty Senate; Quality Enhancement Plan Committee; and Academic Council.

Rehner’s honors and awards during his tenure at Southern Miss include Mississippi Social Work Educator of the Year and the HEADWAE award in 2000; the Southern Miss College of Health Innovations Award in 2003; the Southern Miss Research Council’s Innovation Award for Academic Partnerships and the Mississippi National Association of Social Works Social Work Educator of the Year award in 2007.

Cloud joined the Southern Miss faculty in 1995. He was chosen the department’s Teacher of the Year in 1998 and 2001, and served as its interim chair in the summer of 2007 and has been its program director since 2005. His primary academic interests include multicultural language issues and adult neurogenics.

He has presented every year at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association since 1997, and has been an Invited Praxis committee member since 2008, and serves as a consultant for the National Praxis Committee.

Cloud co-authored a book on language issues in 2008, has published a book chapter and currently has three book chapters in press.

“These are faculty members with great records of leadership and service who can advance our mission of providing outstanding academic experiences for our students,” said Southern Miss Provost Bob Lyman.

Susan Hubble Burchell
Tim Rehner
Steven Cloud

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