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Dow Named Associate Dean of Frostburg State University College of Education

Dow Named Associate Dean of Frostburg State University College of Education

Dr. Roger Dow, a professor in the Department of Educational Professions at Frostburg State University, has been named associate dean of FSU’s College of Education by Dean Dr. Clarence Golden. Dow has served as acting associate dean since July of 2013.

“Dr. Dow brings to the table the right combination of qualities – the ability to study an issue carefully and in great detail, the gift of building relationships and a deep sense of caring for our students – that will serve the University and the College of Education well in this important period of the NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) reaccreditation process,” Golden said.

Dow, a 38-year veteran in the field of education, coordinates the graduate Reading Master’s program on FSU’s Frostburg campus and at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown. In addition to his experience in teaching at the university level, Dow authored several nationally recognized accredited reading programs at the graduate level. On completing post-doctoral work in linguistics and psycholinguistics, Dow authored a text in phonics, “Self-Paced Phonics: A Text for Educators,” in its fifth edition from Pearson Publishing.

Currently, Dow is preparing the Reading program for the upcoming NCATE reaccreditation process as well as assisting in the accreditation process for the Department of Recreation and Park Management and in the Department of Kinesiology.

Dow earned a bachelor’s degree in history with a concentration in East Asian foreign policy from Muskingum College, a master’s in English education and a doctorate in psychology and reading from Ohio State University.

During his tenure at FSU, Dow has been involved in governance, serving on the Faculty Senate, two terms as chair of the Faculty Concerns Committee, as graduate reading coordinator for over 30 years, as NCATE Specialized Professional Association writer since 1990, as chair of the Department Faculty Evaluation Committee, as a member of the Advanced Program Leadership team and as an active participant in the revision of the “Procedural Handbook for Educational Professions.”

Dow’s community service includes directing FSU Reading Clinic for 37 years, serving as director of the Appalachian Peoples’ Service Organization’s (APSO) Literacy Outreach, establishing literacy centers in impoverished areas of Appalachia; serving as the outreach trainer for literacy at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., training volunteers in conjunction with the Urban League in Washington; and serving as an outreach resource for literacy in Allegany County in conjunction with APSO and Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland.

Dow is a member of the International Reading Association, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Sigma lota (National Romance Language Honor Society), Council for Exceptional Children’s legislative group and the College Reading Association.

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Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.


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