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Message from the Dean

Dr. Mark CorreiaThe beginning of a new academic year is always exciting, with the energy and excitement of students and their families, as they moved onto campus and into the community this past weekend. Our students have chosen IUP as the place where they will spend a very transformational time in their lives, the place where they will grow as individuals, professionals, and scholars. IUP is the place where our students will continue to evolve as engaged citizens and leaders.

Clearly, IUP is a special place. A place with deep roots in history that will continue to have a profound impact on the lives of those who walk through the Oak Grove, and who interact with our faculty, staff, and alumni. It is a special place because of the IUP Experience—woven together by the threads of commitment and dedication, and a willingness to shape the lives of the next generation of leaders. I am humbled to be a part of the IUP Experience and want to thank our faculty and staff for enriching the lives our students with their continued engagement.

We start this academic year with several new tenure-track faculty and temporary faculty members and staff members. I am confident these new faculty will have positive impacts on their departments, our college, and the IUP Experience.

This year, several of our colleagues were tenured and/or promoted, a result of their excellent work and dedication to their students, colleagues, and IUP. These faculty include:

Tenured: Keri Kulick (KHSS), Wanda Minnick (SAFE), Alex Wang (HOSP)

Promoted: Richard Hsiao (KHSS), promoted to professor; Jan Wachter (SAFE), promoted to professor; Julie Greenawalt (NAHP), promoted to associate professor; Alex Wang (HOSP), promoted to associate professor; Lynn Pike (CULN), promoted to assistant professor

Over the past several years, our college sought to strengthen our research and scholarship infrastructure. This was accomplished through increases in funding for professional development, sponsoring and cosponsoring related workshops, and the implementation of the HHS Research Incentive Grant. While we will be continuing these efforts again this year, I am pleased to announce the development of the HHS Office for Research and Scholarly Excellence. Based on recommendations put forward by the HHS Research and Scholarship Committee, faculty members, and in consultation with college leadership, we decided to take a more centralized, proactive approach to support faculty in the advancement of research and scholarly excellence. Beginning this fall, and under the leadership of Dr. Teresa Shellenbarger, our institute will focus on providing support and mentorship for faculty as they pursue their research and scholarly activities. We are confident this institute will strengthen faculty research and scholarship, deepen our commitment to the teacher-scholar model, and proactively contribute to faculty professional development.

Among the many initiatives we are undertaking this year, faculty in our college are deeply involved in developing new academic programs which will provide our students with more career opportunities and ensure we have continued alignment with the evolving needs of our communities.

We continue to enhance our development efforts, our outreach to increase our international opportunities, and our efforts surrounding student success, and we will be finalizing the college strategic plan during the fall semester.

This academic year promises to be exciting, and I look forward to collectively moving our college forward and weaving together the fabric that shapes the lives of our students, and future alumni, here at IUP.

Go Hawks!

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

  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Zink Hall, Room 216
    1190 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
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