Fall 2011 marks period of great accomplishments for Post University faculty and staff

As 2011 draws to a close, it’s important to look back at the great accomplishments of the faculty and staff at Post University. The list is quite impressive since our last blog update in August. Here are some highlights:

Richard Strompf, Ph.D., was promoted to Dean of the John P. Burke School of Public Service in August.
Dr. Strompf joined Post in 2006 as an Associate Professor in the Master of Human Services program. In addition to teaching, he created and coordinated the program’s clinical concentration and is currently serving as Chairman of the Graduate Studies Committee. He brings decades of experience in the field of human services and corporate consulting to this position.

Professor Sandra Wilson, Academic Program Manager for the Post University Criminal Justice program, was appointed to the Board of Directors at Housatonic Community College Foundation this past September. This is an important new role for Sandra and an opportunity to increase Post’s presence in our local community.

Della Degnan, a member of the Online Education Institute team for more than four years, was promoted to the position of Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) Support Services Manager in September. As a leader and successful contributor, she has played a key role in the consistent growth and development of our online support services and enrollment coordinating staff.

September also saw Donna Smith named Executive Assistant to the CFO/ Risk Management Specialist, and Patti Jennings named Executive Assistant to the Provost. Donna has been at Post University for 23+ years and has worked in the Advancement Office, Human Resources, and Finance & Administration. Donna has been an integral part of the F&A team for the past 13 years and also carries the responsibility of overseeing all risk management functions at Post. Patti has worked at Post University for 20+ years and has been the single consistent voice within the Academic Affairs Office for many years.

Katey Baruth, Ph.D., of the John P. Burke School of Public Service, passed the State of Connecticut’s Jurisprudence Examination and has been granted licensure as a psychologist, effective Sept. 29, 2011, by the Department of Public Health. In addition, Dr. Baruth took on the role of Director of the Master of Human Services (MS-HSV) Program at Post University in November. Dr. Baruth has been the Academic Program Manager for the Psychology program in addition to managing the Alcohol and Drug Concentration (A&D) in the MS-HSV program since she started at Post University two years ago. She also managed the undergraduate Human Services degree program during her tenure at the university.

Peggy Sheehan, an English professor, was invited to serve on an expert panel of the College Composition and Communication Committee to develop Best Practices in Online Writing Instruction. It is a two-year appointment with a national organization of college instructors and English program administrators.

Sharon Huxley, a professor in the Accounting department, has been appointed to the new Long Range Financial Planning Committee for the Town of Bethany. The committee is charged with the responsibility of developing a five-year financial plan for the town.

As I put this post together, my colleagues insisted that I not forget my own promotion to Post University Provost. I’m responsible for further aligning the university’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs and academic support services to ensure greater overall academic integrity among all our programs. I also will focus on educational outcomes within each discipline, and work to further improve retention and graduation rates among the university’s traditional campus-based and online student populations. I also will continue in my role as Dean of the School of Business.

Finally, our staff and faculty continue to present at conferences on both the local and national levels:

  • Post University was well-represented at the 17th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, Fla., with presentations from Zvi Goldman, Ph.D., Academic Program Manager in the MBA program; Ames Brown, Ph.D., Academic Program Manager in the Master of Education degree program; Mark Fazioli, Ph.D., Director of Instructional Design; Katey Baruth; and Peter Chepya, JD, Academic Program Manager for the Legal Studies degree program.
  • Beth Johnson, Ph.D., Academic Program Manager for the Environmental Science/Studies programs, was the keynote speaker at the Beacon Falls Community Forum. Her presentation was titled “Wetland Soils — An Important Natural Resource,” and she spoke about the preliminary results of the vernal pool soils research she performs with colleagues from UMass, Amherst.
  • Patrice Farquharson, professor in the Early Childhood Education program, presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.
  • Jay Edwards, Ph.D., Academic Program Manager for Management, presented his paper, “Technological Innovation & Marketing Business Structures,” at the 2011 Las Vegas International Academic Conference.
  • And Deron Grabel, Academic Program Manager for Sport Management, spoke at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Sports Seminar in November.

Three cheers to these committed faculty and staff members for their wonderful contributions to the Post University community.

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