Mount Union College Announces New Dean of Division Appointments

July 14, 2008

Mount Union College has announced the appointment of four faculty members to the position of dean of division.

“The deans of their respective divisions will play an important role in academic planning, decision making and leadership development,” said Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College. “These leaders will also serve to expedite the implementation of creative and innovative ideas presented by our faculty to move the college forward.”

matthewsDr. Patricia Matthews will serve as dean of the professional studies division. A Mount Union faculty member since 1975, Matthews has served as chair of the Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration for 12 years during that time. She has been a member of the Academic Policies and Faculty Personnel committees and serves as an evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission. Her teaching and professional areas of interest are in the field of finance.

priceDr. Andrew Price will serve as dean of the arts and humanities division. Price joined Mount Union in 1990 and has served as the chair of the Department of English, director of gender studies and director of American studies in addition to serving on numerous faculty committees and campus wide projects.  His teaching interests include American literature, gender issues, critical theory and body issues.  His current research and writing projects are focused on the works of Alice Walker.

scottDr. Jonathan Scott will serve as dean of the mathematics and sciences division. Scott, a member of our Department of Biology for 18 years, now serves as its chair. He has served on numerous elected committees, most recently acting as chair of Academic Policies and the Institutional Animal Use and Care committees.  A molecular biologist with an active and funded research program, he is studying the role of antimicrobial peptides and the relationship to fungi and amphibian decline.  

dutsonDr. Richard Dutson will serve as dean of the social sciences division. Dutson came to Mount Union after a naval career and graduate school in political science.  Since joining Mount Union he has served as chair of the Department of Political Science and as associate dean under three deans.  He has served on numerous faculty and staff committees and works regularly on campus wide initiatives.  He is a political philosopher and recently co-developed a computer simulation game to help students develop critical thinking and decision making skills in political science.
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