By George Mauzy
Ohio University Lancaster Campus Dean MaryAnn Janosik will leave her position effective June 30 to become provost, vice president for academic affairs and professor of history at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind., beginning July 1.
In her new position, she will have general supervision over the faculty and provide support and leadership in the development of the college's educational programs. Saint Joseph's is a private Catholic liberal arts college offering 74 major, minor and pre-professional programs to its approximately 1,000 students.
"This is a great opportunity for me to continue my professional development at a small liberal arts college, similar to ones I have worked at or attended," Janosik said. "I have researched and written a lot about Catholic history, so this appointment is a good fit for me.
"Lancaster has been a warm and supportive community to me during my three years as dean, and I've really enjoyed being a part of the campus and community," she added.
During Janosik's tenure, the campus completed a $250,000 project to add a new lobby area and bookstore and created a new Women's Leadership Institute at its Pickerington Center. The campus also became one of the leading participants in the state's Seniors to Sophomores initiative, which allows students to earn college credit during their senior year of high school. The campus has enrolled more than 200 local high school students in the past three years.
Janosik recently participated in Oxford University's Round Table on Women and has won several awards for her teaching and scholarly writing. Her most recent publication is "The Video Generation: Rock Music in America – 1981-1990," published in 2005 in the Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History. She is a national expert on pop culture, Catholicism, rock music and American film.
She began as dean of the Lancaster campus in February 2005 after serving as dean of social sciences and business at Oakton Community College in Des Plains, Ill. Prior to that, she was director of education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, and also has served as an associate professor at Lake Erie College.
Janosik, a native of Lorain, Ohio, also has taught courses at Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, John Carroll University, Lakeland Community College and Miami University's Middletown Campus.
"I have enjoyed working with Dean Janosik. She is a fervent advocate of the Lancaster campus and a valued member of the regional campus leadership team," said Ohio University Executive Dean of Regional Campuses Dan Evans. "We'll miss her fine work and wish her nothing but the best in her new challenge."
An interim dean of the Lancaster campus will likely be announced within the next week.