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Jenifer Cushman appointed Ohio University Zanesville dean

Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Executive Dean Bill Willan are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jenifer Cushman as dean of Ohio University Zanesville campus.­

Cushman joins Ohio University from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. where she served as dean of International Education and associate professor of German.­ She earned her doctorate from The Ohio State University in Germanic Languages and Literatures. Cushman is also a proud graduate of the United States Peace Corps ESL Teacher Training which she completed in Vladimir, Russia, as well as being a Fulbright scholar and an ACE Fellow.­ Cushman has published and presented in the research areas of global learning pedagogy, undergraduate learning outcomes related to Germanic languages, and undergraduate global studies.

“We are delighted that Dr. Cushman will be joining the Ohio University leadership team as dean of Ohio University Zanesville,” said Benoit. “Her international experience and research in improving student learning outcomes will provide a perspective to the campus that will enhance the way we prepare students to enter the workforce and to be competitive in the global community.”

Cushman follows in the footsteps of Richard Greenlee, who served as interim dean­ for two years, and James Fonseca who has served the Zanesville campus and the regional system of Ohio University for more than 15 years in numerous roles.­ Fonseca has previously served as Zanesville campus dean and as interim executive dean of Regional Higher Education. Fonseca agreed to return to Ohio University Zanesville on July 1, 2013 while the campus searched for a permanent dean.­ “To say that Jim Fonseca is dedicated to the Zanesville campus is an understatement,” said Bill Willan.­ “Jim knows this campus inside and out and has successfully led the faculty and staff through periods of change and growth. His legacy is the transformational education our students experience every day.”

Jenifer Cushman’s appointment begins on March 23.