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University's Lancaster Campus hires new dean

LANCASTER, Ohio (Dec. 15, 2004) -- Ohio University Vice President for Regional Higher Education Charles Bird announced the appointment of MaryAnn Janosik to dean of the Ohio University Lancaster Campus. She will assume the dean's duties from interim Dean John Furlow on Feb. 1.

Janosik is dean of social sciences and business at Oakton Community College in Des Plains, Ill. An Ohio native, she has taught at the secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels in both public and private institutions. Prior to working in Illinois, she served as the director of education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland. She also has taught at Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, John Carroll University, Lake Erie College, Lakeland Community College and Shaker Heights High School. She also has served as a visiting scholar and curriculum consultant at Miami University's Middletown Campus.

"I'm delighted to be returning to Ohio as the new dean for Ohio University Lancaster," Janosik said. "The faculty, staff, students and administration have made me feel very welcome and I'm looking forward to working with them and the community."

In addition to publishing articles and reviews in many publications, Janosik contributed to "Cradles of Conscience: Ohio's Private Colleges and Universities" (2003); and wrote "Girls Rock: Strategies for Integrating Women and Popular Music into the Classroom" (2001); "So You Want To Be a Rock and Roll Teacher? Using Popular Music in Interdisciplinary Learning" (2001); and authored educator guides and supplementary lessons. Her most recent book, "The MTV Generation," will be released next year.

Janosik has presented and lectured at the American Catholic Historical Association, American Historical Association, Midwest Popular Culture Association, the Ohio Academy of History, President's Council on the Arts and Humanities, Science Fiction Research Association, World Multicultural Association and others. She also has conducted a variety of workshops on ethics, gender issues, popular culture, music, women and pop culture, multiculturalism and critical thinking at schools and universities in Ohio and Illinois.

"Dr. Janosik brings a level of energy and enthusiasm that will serve the Lancaster Campus very well," Bird said. "She will be an excellent member of our leadership group and all of us look forward to working with her in the coming years."

Janosik earned her doctoral degree in American social history and policy from Case Western Reserve University and her master's and bachelor's degrees from Cleveland State University and Oberlin College, respectively.

Janosik replaces Bari Watkins, who resigned in July 2003 to resume her teaching career.

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