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Graduate College names interim associate dean

From staff reports | Apr 19, 2018
Beth Quitslund.
Beth Quitslund. Provided photo.

Beth Quitslund, an associate professor of English, has been named the interim associate dean of the Ohio University Graduate College, effective May 14, 2018.

The Graduate College provides support for more than 5,000 students studying in 140 degree programs and specializations, at both the master’s and doctoral level. The college manages admissions, assistantships, records, thesis and dissertation services and professional development programs, as well as graduation for these students. The associate dean and dean of the college also work with academic areas across the institution to help develop and seek state approval for new graduate degree programs.

Quitslund will serve in the interim role while David Koonce takes on the role of interim vice president for research and creative activity and dean of the Graduate College through June 30, 2019. Koonce, an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, has served as associate dean since July 2013.

“Dr. Quitslund brings a wealth of experience at Ohio University and with the Ohio Department of Higher Education. As academic units bring forward innovative new programs, her guidance will be key to their success,” Koonce said.

Quitslund has been a member of the Ohio University College of Arts and Sciences faculty since 2001. She has published scholarship on the aspects of the English Renaissance and Reformation, including Spenser, Milton, English psalm translations, Bibles and their interpreters, and the history of printing. She is a past chair and a current member of the Faculty Senate and also is a 2017-18 Mid-American Conference Academic Leadership Development Program fellow.

During her time in Ohio University Faculty Senate leadership, the Senate approved the four-year baccalaureate learning outcomes that are currently a focus of OHIO’s AQIP activity, created multi-year contracts and variable ranks for Group 2 faculty, and added nine additional seats for Group 2 and Clinical faculty.

Quitslund also is the vice chair of the Ohio Faculty Council, which represents faculty at Ohio’s four-year public institutions.  She currently serves as the council’s representative on the Chancellor’s Proprietary Transfer Stakeholder Committee, which is legally charged with exploring credit transferability between for-profit institutions and public colleges and universities.

“I am very excited for this opportunity to help strengthen and develop graduate programs at OHIO,” Quitslund said. “Our graduate students play an essential role in the research mission of the university, and new programs in the pipeline will also enhance OHIO’s role as a leader in regional development. My main aspiration over the next year is to help the academic units realize their strategic goals for graduate studies and to support the success of students in our expanding offerings of graduate degrees and certificates.”

More information about the Ohio University Graduate College: https://www.ohio.edu/graduate.