Aug 9th, 2007 @ 3:52 pm | Author:
Valley City State University (VCSU) announced organizational decisions for the School of Education and Graduate Studies (SEGS) involving new personnel assignments and the creation of a new Office of Graduate Studies and Research.

Dr. Gary Thompson has been appointed to the role of the Dean of Education. Dr. Terry Corwin has been appointed to the role of Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Director of the newly created Office of Graduate Studies and Research. The assignments were undertaken in part as a result of the recent resignation of Dr. Patricia Rogers, Dean of the School of Education and Graduate Studies.

VCSU President Dr. Ellen Chaffee, said, "Gary and Terry have both been with VCSU for many years and have proven time and time again their expertise and dedication to higher education. We are very pleased to have their talents focused in these important roles."

Dr. Thompson's new responsibilities include front-line leadership for SEGS operations, development of the Master of Education program, personnel supervision, scheduling, and management of the NCATE accreditation process. He taught school in Grafton, ND, Larimore, ND, and Papua New Guinea, and has worked for the past 20 years as an instructor in the SEGS at VCSU. He holds a Ed.D. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota and a B.S. in Education from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Dr. Corwin's new responsibilities include oversight of the administrative functions related to VCSU's graduate programs and implementation of graduate policies and procedures. Previous positions at VCSU include the Director of Instructional Technology and the Director of Special Projects. She was instrumental in the creation and adoption of the Digital Portfolios, the implementation of the Master of Education program as well as grant writing and assessment on the campus. She holds a Ph.D. in Education Technology from Iowa State University, a M.S. in Physical Education from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and a B.A. in Health & Physical Education from Gustavus Adolphus College.

According to Dr. Joseph Bessie, Vice President of Academic Affairs at VCSU, the Office of Graduate Studies and Research was created in part to enhance the culture of scholarship and expand research opportunities at the university resulting from the introduction of graduate programs. "The office focuses the administration of several essential graduate functions including Continuing Education, the Institutional Review Board, the Graduate Council, Graduate Admissions, and Grant Administration. An aim is to provide enhanced resources, support and guidance for faculty to facilitate increased scholarly productivity at the graduate level."

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