WMU News

Open meetings scheduled for associate graduate dean candidates

March 3, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Five candidates for associate dean of the Graduate College at Western Michigan University will interview on campus in the next month.

A search committee has reviewed more than 80 applications for the position and selected the five finalists. The committee includes faculty from each of the colleges as well as Dr. Shirley Clay Scott, dean of the Graduate College, and Dr. Donald E. Thompson, vice president for research.

To allow members of the graduate community to become acquainted with the finalists, two open meetings have been set for each of the candidates on the day they will interview. The open meetings are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Room 204 of the Bernhard Center. Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend.

The dates of the meetings and the candidates are:

Thursday, March 12 -- Dr. Richard D'Amato, director of the School Psychology Programs at the University of Northern Colorado. He is widely published in the fields of school psychology and neuropsychology. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment and has served as a member of the editorial board and as a reviewer for several other professional journals.

Monday, March 16 -- Dr. Fred Aki, graduate coordinator for the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University. He is a civil engineer who has been a project director for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Louisiana Space Consortium, Advanced Directional Drilling Systems and the Ohio Department of Transportation. His research has been published in journals devoted to theoretical and applied mechanics, trenchless technology and engineering mechanics.

Thursday, March 19 -- Dr. Carole Seyfrit, a sociologist and associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Arts and Letters at Old Dominion University. She is an expert on arctic research and recently completed a term as program director of the National Science Foundation Polar Programs in Anchorage, Alaska. She has been the principal investigator for grants funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Institute of Social and Economic Research. She is the author of numerous articles, reviews and technical reports.

Monday, March 23 -- Dr. Steven Rebach, a marine biologist and estuarial scientist from the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. He is director of the Graduate Program in Marine, Estuarial and Environment Sciences there and assistant director of the interinstitutional doctoral program in that same field operated by the University of Maryland and involving the 13 campuses in the system. An active researcher who publishes widely, he has been principal investigator for grants funded by the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Development Foundation.

Tuesday, March 24 -- Dr. Ronald Davis, chairperson of the Department of History at WMU. He is a specialist in Islamic and modern Middle East history and in pre-colonial West African history. His teaching and research interests also include historiography, public history and multidisciplinary research applications in history. He served as chairperson of the African Studies Program before becoming chairperson of the Department of History.

Media contact: Ruth Stevens; ruth.stevens@wmich.edu

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