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FSU Continues Changes in Academic Affairs

Frostburg State University continues to restructure its colleges of study to prepare for the university's future.

FSU has created new positions of associate and assistant dean for both the College of Education and the College of Business, among other changes in Academic Affairs.

These actions follow the efforts from last year that merged the former School of Natural and Social Sciences with the School Arts and Humanities to create to College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In addition, the schools of Education and Business became the College of Education and the College of Business.

Dr. Fred L. Yaffe was chosen to lead the new College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the position of interim associate dean was created, filled by Dr. James Howard.

Howard has since left for a university in California, and Dr. Joe Hoffman, the long-time chair of the Department of Physics and Engineering, was chosen for as the new associate dean.

Other new appointments include Dr. Joe Malak, former dean of Graduate Services, as associate dean of the College of Education and Dr. Bonnie Hircock as assistant dean. In the College of Business, the associate dean is Dr. Dave Nicol, former chair of the Master of Business Administration program, and the assistant dean is Connie Groer.

In the College of Business, the departments of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration have merged to become the Department of Business Management. The new co-chairs will be Ronald L. Ross and Dr. Shakil Rahman, who served as chair of the Business Administration Department.

Dr. Susan Arisman continues as dean of the College of Education, and Dr. Steven P. Wilkinson continues to lead the College of Business.

The academic moves over the last two years will have a variety of benefits to students, according to Dr. Christine Grontkowski, FSU provost.

The move toward more interdisciplinary teaching and learning is facilitated by departments working together more closely, and the creation of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences was a step in that direction, she said.

Programs such as International Studies, African American Studies or Women's Studies include faculty from a wide variety of disciplines, and having a close working relationship between departments will make it easier to establish new programs as the need arises.

The moves in the colleges of Education and Business also will aid in the quest for accreditation, Grontkowski said.

The College of Education is pursuing accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in 2003, a designation mandated in recent years by the state of Maryland. The College of Business is seeking accreditation by the American Association of Colleges and Schools of Business by 2006.

In both cases, Grontkowski said, a large portion of the associate deans' jobs will be dedicated to gaining accreditation.

For information on the programs offered by all these colleges, contact the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at (301) 687-4090 or (301) 687-4120; the College of Business at (301) 687-4019; and the College of Education at (301) 687-4759.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589