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Laurie Hatch

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Laurie Hatch promoted to associate dean


Laurie Russell Hatch will become associate dean for students, instruction and curriculum in the College of Arts & Sciences on July 1, Dean Robert Frank announced. 

Hatch joined Ohio University in 2007 as the director of the Center for Teaching & Learning and a professor of sociology. In 2011, she became chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the College of Arts & Sciences. 

"Professor Hatch brings a wealth of experience to the already strong leadership team. Her deep expertise in teaching practices will be an invaluable resource in our efforts to improve the success of both undergraduate and graduate students. I am absolutely thrilled with the prospects of working with her in her new role," said Dean Frank. 

"I'm excited about Dean Frank's commitment to student success and quality instruction and am eager to work with him and colleagues in the college in furthering these goals. Associate Dean Tom Scanlan has done a great deal in this regard and has also been enormously helpful to me in my work as a department chair. I hope to be equally helpful to my colleagues in Arts and Sciences," Hatch said.

Previously, Hatch was director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment at California State University, Monterey Bay. She was a faculty member in the Sociology Department at the University of Kentucky from 1986 to 2006 and served as director of the Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning. She was a research analyst at the Institute on Aging at the University of Washington and began her academic career as a teaching assistant at the University of Utah, where she earned a B.S. and M.S. in sociology. She earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Washington. She has received teaching awards from the University of Washington and the University of Kentucky, and she is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

Hatch's teaching and research interests focus on aging and the life course, gender and social inequalities, and the scholarship of teaching, learning, and assessment. She has authored many articles and presentations in sociology, gerontology, and teaching pedagogy. Her book "Beyond Gender Differences: Adaptation to Aging in Life Course Perspective" was published by Baywood Press in 2000. 

Her recent scholarship has focused on teaching and learning topics including student mentoring programs in gerontology, learner-based approaches to teach about racism, and a critical analysis of student consumerism in higher education.