FHSU announces three new appointments

HAYS, KS - Fort Hays State University's Division of Academic Affairs and the Office of the Provost have announced three appointments that are effective immediately.

Dr. Tom Jackson has been named dean of graduate studies and research/vice-provost. Jackson has been serving as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since August 1998. Jackson has also served as a full-time faculty member and chair of the Department of Psychology.

According to Dr. Larry Gould, provost, Jackson "brings a strong interest in helping faculty seek extramural funding and marketing graduate programs." Jackson replaces Dr. Jim Forsythe, who retired in December 1999.

"I've been appointed as the dean of graduate studies and research/vice-provost. Anyone coming into this position has very big boots to fill from Dean Forsythe," Jackson said.

Some of Jackson's goals in the new position include increasing awareness of the quality of the graduate programs at the university; increasing awareness of research of graduate students and graduate faculty at the university; and increasing awareness of grant opportunities.

"We've had graduate programs since the 1930s, so we know how to provide graduate education. Now it's time to let people know how well we can provide graduate education," he said.

Dr. Paul Faber has been named interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to replace Jackson. Faber will hold this position until June 10. Prior to his appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences, Faber was chair of the Department of Philosophy. He continues to teach this semester.

"I think the interim position is a wonderful opportunity," Faber said. "I love to learn things and I look forward to learning things about the College of Arts and Sciences and about what's going on in music, arts, drama and other areas."

Faber's place in the Department of Philosophy will be taken by Dr. Steve Tramel, professor of philosophy, who was appointed interim chair of the Department of Philosophy.

Gould said Faber brings with him to the position "a strong commitment to general education and an understanding of off-campus coursework and programming."

Tonja Vallin has been appointed as academic affairs marketing specialist. This position was formerly held by Dennis Neel in Garden City.

In her new position, she will be responsible for statewide marketing and maintaining FHSU academic programs to ensure high visibility and quality service to students, especially for coursework and programming delivered through the Virtual College. Vallin was formerly a conference/program coordinator and survey research specialist at the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at FHSU.

"She is especially interested in an integrated marketing approach, use of the web as a marketing tool and helping departments with the coordination of their on- and off-campus programming efforts as she travels throughout the state and beyond," Gould said. Vallin said, "Higher education has opened a lot of doors for me and I am glad to be working with so many talented faculty in promoting their academic programs."

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