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Ohio Wesleyan Names Associate Deans of Academic Affairs


July 10, 2006

DELAWARE, Ohio — Barbara Andereck and Dale Swartzentruber have been named associate deans of academic affairs at Ohio Wesleyan University. Andereck, who is a professor of physics and astronomy at OWU, was named associate dean for assessment and accreditation. Swartzentruber, professor of psychology at OWU, was named associate dean for institutional research. Andereck and Swartzentruber’s positions are part-time and replace the full-time role of associate dean previously held by Dick Fusch, professor of geology-geography. “Barbara brings to her new role many attributes including many years of experience as department chair and a member of the Academic Policy, University Governance, and Trustee-Liaison Committees,” says Provost David Robbins in a recent campus-wide e-mail. “She understands our governance system and is a widely respected member of the faculty. Barbara will provide leadership in coordinating the institution’s development and analysis of its assessment protocols and preparation for its upcoming Higher Education Commission accreditation in 2008-09.”

Andereck, who came to Ohio Wesleyan in 1985, specializes in theoretical solid state physics. She teaches a variety of physics and astronomy courses and is interested in the physics of liquid crystals, particularly phase transitions. Andereck has a Ph.D. from Rutgers State University and a B.S. in education (physics and mathematics) from Southwest Missouri State University. “Dale brings to his position working experience with our Jenzabar database and a strong quantitative background,” says Robbins. “He will coordinate the collection, analysis, and interpretation of selected institutional data and develop reports for the dissemination of information to various internal and external constituents. This part-time position will also allow Dale to return to the classroom where he will continue to teach psychology courses.”

Swartzentruber has been at Ohio Wesleyan since 1992. He has taught Introductory Psychology, Quantitative Methods, Research Methods, and Learning. Swartzentruber’s research focuses on animal learning and cognition. Most recently, he has served as the interim associate dean of academic affairs.

Swartzentruber has a Ph.D. in experimental psychology and an M.A. from the University of Vermont and a B.S. from The Ohio State University. He also was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.