- A diverse cross section of faculty, staff, students and community
members has been tapped by The University of Southern Mississippi
to select a dean for the College of Education and Psychology.
of Education and Psychology is one of the new colleges created by
the recent academic restructuring at Southern Miss, which will streamline
nine existing degree-granting colleges into five. The realignment
will begin next fiscal year, July 1, 2003.
committee for the dean of the College of Education and Psychology
is loaded with talented, accomplished and dedicated faculty, staff,
students and stakeholders," said Dr. Tim Hudson, Gulf Coast
provost. "We appreciate their willingness to commit time and
effort to this important process."
that once the committees have reviewed applications, a small number
of candidates will be invited to Southern Miss in the late spring
for interviews and to meet with all interested faculty, staff, students
and supporters. The search committee, one of five overall, was formed
with volunteers and through nominations by staff and faculty, including
chairs and directors.
excited about the strength and perspective that all members bring
to their committee," said Dr. Jay Grimes, Hattiesburg provost.
Pierce and Dr. Ann Blackwell will serve as co-chairs for the committee.
Pierce, director of the Center for Adult Learning and Education,
said he is confident that a highly qualified group of candidates
will emerge from the search.
looking forward to a search that assures input representing all
of the academic and service areas of the reorganized college and
that results in the selection of the very best fit possible,"
The new College
of Education and Psychology will consist of educational leadership
and research, curriculum, instruction and special education, technology
education and psychology, all currently in the College of Education
and Psychology; library and information sciences, currently in the
College of Liberal Arts; family and consumer sciences education,
child and family studies, family and consumer studies, early intervention,
and marriage and family therapy, all currently in the College of
Health and Human Sciences.
committee offers an opportunity for colleagues from many different
disciplines to work together and identify the best possible candidate
for the dean's position," said Blackwell, assistant professor
in the College of Health and Human Sciences.
committee represents a wide range of strengths, interests and backgrounds.
Maulding, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration.
Maulding is the new chair of the Division of Education and Psychology
on the Gulf Coast campus.
Kucjaz, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology since
1996. His research interests have broadened to include dolphin cognition
and communication, and the results of his work have been featured
on the BBS, the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.
Palmer, professor of curriculum instruction and special education.
Palmer, who has served 17 years at Southern Miss, is a past president
of the Faculty Senate.
Blackwell, assistant professor in the College of Health and Human
Sciences. Blackwell is the recipient of the university's Excellence
in Teaching Award and has co-authored a manual on college teaching.
M. Greiner, associate professor in the School of Library and Information
Science. The director of the school from 1991-99, Greiner has secured
more than $100,000 in grants for student internships/assistantships
from the Gates Foundation and Forrest County Law Library.
Berman, associate professor of psychology and the director of Clinical
Training for Southern Miss's clinical psychology doctoral program.
Before joining the faculty at Southern Miss in 1996, Berman was
an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Medical College of Pennsylvania
and Hahnemann University Medical School.
C. Yuen, professor of technology education and the lead professor
for the instructional technology program at Southern Miss. Yuen
was a senior Fulbright Scholar to Taiwan in 1992-93 and was named
the "2002 Mississippi Technology Educator of the Year"
by the Mississippi Educational Computing Association.
Pierce, coordinator of Graduate Programs in Adult Education and
the director of the newly created Center for Adult Learning and
Education. Pierce has been associated with the graduate program
in adult education at Southern Miss for more than 27 years.
Whorton, professor of curriculum instruction and special education.
After teaching in the Department of Special Education at the University
of Florida for 11 years, Whorton came to Southern Miss in 1980 as
chair of the Department of Special Education.
Harsh, professor of psychology. A member of the Southern Miss faculty
since 1979, Harsh is the head of the Southern Miss Sleep Research
Thames, professor and chair of the Department of Curriculum, Instruction
and Special Education. Thames is the recipient of numerous grants
and training contracts, including a recent $135,000 grant award
by the National Science Foundation Grant Summer S.C.I.E.N.C.E Program.
King, administrative secretary in the Department of Psychology.
An active member in the Alumni Association and Eagle Club, King
has held many positions of leadership in the Association of Office
Professionals and the Staff Council.
Johnson, director of the Center for Research and Support in the
office of the vice president for research. Johnson also holds an
academic appointment in the Department of Educational Research.
Hutton, superintendent of the Petal Public School District.
Davis, superintendent of the Hattiesburg Public School System.
Clay, superintendent of the Forrest County Public School District.
Bounds, superintendent of the Pascagoula Public School District.
Senn, a senior undergraduate student majoring in child family studies.
Senn is a dean's list scholar and has recently been selected for
Who's Who Among American University students.
Ward, doctoral student in psychology. Ward, who earned an undergraduate
degree from Southern Miss, is a former president of the Graduate