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Marylhurst Faculty Promoted to Assistant Dean Positions

For Release: January 21, 2010

Two veteran Marylhurst University faculty members have been elevated to assistant deans as part of a long-term effort to provide additional support to faculty and students, and enhance the many growing programs at this 1,900-student university just south of Lake Oswego.

Dr. Jan Dabrowski

Dr. Jan Dabrowski, chair of the university's science and math department, was named assistant dean for faculty. In his added role, Dabrowski will lead a number of faculty-centered initiatives, including enhancing systems for instructional improvement and evaluation, expanding professional development opportunities, and clarifying faculty roles and responsibilities.

Prior to coming to Marylhurst, Dabrowski spent nearly 20 years in various positions at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, including science director and Kendall Planetarium manager. He earned a bachelor's degree in astronomy and physics at the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Melanie Booth

Dr. Melanie Booth was named assistant dean for learning and program assessment. Booth also serves as director of Marylhurst's Center for Experiential Learning, which assists students in educational planning and in receiving college credit for documented learning from previous work and life experiences. As assistant dean, Booth will oversee the university's ongoing efforts to refine and enhance its assessment practices in order to ensure the educational effectiveness of each academic program.

Prior to coming to Marylhurst, Booth was the Director of the Learning Resource Program at St. Mary's College of California and has taught English at community and technical colleges in Washington and California. Booth holds a bachelor's degree from Humboldt State University and a master's degree from San Diego State University, both in English, and earned her Ed.D. in higher educational leadership and change from Fielding Graduate University.

The New Appointments

"I'm delighted to announce these new appointments, because they represent an important new direction in the evolution of Marylhurst University," said Dr. David Plotkin, university provost. "Our significant growth over the past few years demands that we devote more attention to handling that growth in a systemic way, and support all of our faculty in their goal of helping each student succeed.

"Our students have shown us, through their increasing numbers, that they see Marylhurst as a place to fulfill their professional and personal goals. We owe it to them to make sure the support systems for our academic programs – and the people who lead them – are stellar."

The university expects to fill one more new assistant dean position within the next year, as well as make other strategic hires outlined in a recently adopted strategic plan that includes seven core goals:

Embrace the founding mission and values of the university, as established by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, to educate the whole person, serve the underserved, promote interfaith dialog, and engage in social action for the good of the communityPioneer the integration of the liberal arts and professional studies to support lifelong learning Prepare students for a global society through a diverse faculty, curriculum and student bodyEnsure academic excellence and innovation by securing and investing appropriate resources Expanding student access by removing financial, physical and social barriers to student success Apply technology to advance innovative teaching and learning, build community, and increase organizational effectiveness Be a dynamic educational, cultural and social center of the community

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university located one mile south of Lake Oswego on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence. Marylhurst's small, seminar-style classes – offered weekdays, evening, weekends and online – provide convenience and flexibility for students with busy lives seeking professional certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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