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Message from the Dean

Dr. Mark CorreiaWelcome Back!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing holiday break. It seems like only yesterday that we attended Winter Commencement celebrating our graduates.

As we start the New Year and begin spring semester, I want to provide a brief update on various activities throughout the college, all of which highlight the dedication of our faculty and our ability to work with the IUP community to advance the college, community, and the university.

This past holiday break was very busy, as facilities renovated the fourth floor of Davis Hall in preparation for ELR. With the closing of Keith Hall, it was necessary for ELR to find a new home, and Davis Hall looks to fit their needs. Though there were some last-minute challenges in getting the space ready, we are hopeful that ELR will be in their new home very soon. I want to thank Dave Piper and his faculty for their diligence and patience throughout this project, and Dr. Williams for taking the lead in bringing this move to fruition.

In other space related news, last year, under the leadership of Dr. Lou Pesci, the Institute for Rural Health and Safety (IRHS) moved off campus into the West Pike building of Citizens’ Ambulance. This move has strengthened our collaboration with Citizens’ Ambulance and has allowed IRHS to apply for and receive additional grants. Through this collaboration and my membership on the Citizens’ Ambulance Executive Board, we are now better positioned to develop and implement programs that positively impact rural health in Western Pennsylvania.

During this upcoming semester, considerable effort will be dedicated toward the renovation of the basement and first floor of Eicher Hall for Safety Sciences. In an effort to accommodate the increased interest and enrollment in the department, it is necessary to build new labs. Through the keen negotiating skills of Amy Cook, we were able to acquire the Museum’s space adjacent to our classroom and offices in the basement. The renovations will provide two new labs, an updated classroom, and several faculty offices. We expect these renovations to be completed in time for the fall of 2016.

I am pleased with our ability to work collaboratively within IUP and with our community partners in securing space that meets our needs for growth, while enhancing our presence and impact in the community.

In other areas, good progress has been made on the new degree program in Public Health. Under the leadership of key faculty from the colleges, the deans, and Dr. Williams, this interdisciplinary degree involves departments from HHS, NSM, and HSS. Through the great work of all involved, a letter of intent was submitted last semester, and subsequently approved by the Pennsylvania State System during the holiday break. The group is now working with faculty from key departments on finalizing curriculum and the full program proposal, all of which will be submitted this semester for approval. Our intention is to launch this program in the fall of 2016.

We are also in the early stages of developing a master’s program in Data Analytics. This interdisciplinary program will include departments from HHS, NSM, HSS, and COB and will include key faculty and administrators from each college in leading the effort. Similar to Public Health, this program increases the breadth of the university, draws upon the strength of our faculty, and provides students with a high-demand degree program. Once again, our college will take a lead role in collaborating to develop this innovative program.

In addition, under the leadership of Dr. Rob Mutchnick and faculty from the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, a letter of intent to initiate a four-year Paralegal Program will be submitted to the State System for review this spring.

Throughout the college, other interdisciplinary programs are at various stages of development, and we will keep you posted as they move forward.

Clearly, our college continues to drive the university forward through innovation in leading key initiatives on campus, with the collaboration of others. Our efforts are important to the university in meeting the goals set forth in IUP’s strategic plan.

We will continue to provide you with monthly updates touching upon key projects and initiatives going on throughout the college. Next month, we are looking forward to providing updates on marketing and promotion, as well as the Office for Research and Scholarly Excellence, among other items.

Throughout each month, we will also send out brief communications highlighting key accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and students. If there is anything you would like us to highlight, please let me know.

I look forward to a productive and successful semester.

Go Hawks!

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Mark E. Correia, PhD
Dean, College of Health and Human Services

  • College of Health and Human Services
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    1190 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
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