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Eddith Dashiell named assistant provost for multicultural graduate affairs

ATHENS, Ohio (June 2, 2005) -- Eddith A. Dashiell has been named assistant provost for multicultural graduate affairs at Ohio University effective July 1. She will replace Dan Williams, assistant to the provost for minority graduate affairs, who will retire from his position as assistant to the provost for minority graduate affairs after 19 years. He will remain at the university as a professor of art.

Eddith DashiellHer duties will include the administration of an annual visitation program that brings prospective minority graduate students and the facilitation of potential minority graduate students' visits to campus. Her office will also administer Minority Enhancement Grants and supervise minority graduate students who serve as recruiting associates. These students are responsible for recruiting activities for their colleges, assisting with the planning, implementation and evaluation of the annual visitation program and serving as liaisons between the office and their respective colleges.

Dashiell will be responsible for the administration of the Student Achievement in Research and Scholarship (STARS) program, which pairs academically gifted minority students with faculty mentors. It also provides enrichment and support activities, including paid research assistantships, STARS clubs, graduate school visitations, GRE preparation seminars and an annual statewide conference where students present their research. Her office will also pursue outside funding to support its recruiting and retention activities.

"I am extremely pleased that Eddith Dashiell has accepted our offer to become assistant provost for multicultural graduate affairs," said Associate Provost for Graduate Studies Michael Mumper. "Her experience as a faculty member and associate dean in the College of Communication, make her the ideal person for the position. Eddith has a clear vision of what we need to do to increase the number and quality of multicultural graduate students on campus and she also has the energy and enthusiasm to help us realize that vision. She will be a tremendous addition to graduate studies at Ohio University."

Since 1997, Dashiell has been an associate professor of journalism in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, after being hired at the university in 1992 as an assistant professor in the school. Since 1996, she has served as the director of studies for journalism majors in the Honors Tutorial College.

"Diversity has always been an important element of my teaching and my administrative work," said Dashiell. "I am excited about the opportunity to help graduate students of color succeed at Ohio University as they pursue their master's and doctorate degrees. I am also confident that increasing the number of graduate students of color at Ohio University will greatly enhance the educational experience and the community environment for all students."

Dashiell has held several administrative positions at Ohio University. She has been the associate dean for graduate programs in the College of Communication since January 2002. From 1998 to 2001, she served as the associate director for instruction and curriculum at Scripps. From 1993 to 2000, she was the director of the Summer High School Journalism Workshop.

In the private sector, she worked as an assistant weekend producer for WSMV-TV in Nashville; a news director for KWMU-FM in St. Louis; a freelance reporter for National Public Radio; a public relations director at the Tennessee Arts Commission in Nashville; producer of news and public affairs for WMOT-FM in Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and a news editor and producer at WLAC-AM in Nashville.

Dashiell is a past recipient of the student-selected University Professor award and was given a Teaching Enhancement/Recognition Award from Ohio University's Office of the Provost in 1995. In 2005, she was recognized as one of three winners of the Athens County Outstanding Woman of the Year award.

She earned her doctorate in 1992 from Indiana University-Bloomington. She also has a master's degree in history and a bachelor's degree in telecommunications from Middle Tennessee State University.

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