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Katrina Daytner, interim dean of the College of Education and Human Services
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Daytner Named Dean of WIU College of Education and Human Services

May 15, 2018

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MACOMB, IL - - Katrina Daytner, associate dean of the Western Illinois University College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), has been named interim dean of the college, effective July 1, according to WIU Interim Provost Kathleen Neumann.

Daytner replaces Erskine Smith, who will retire June 30.

"I am grateful for the service Dr. Smith has provided the college and the University since his arrival," Neumann said. "Dr. Daytner brings several years of experience to the position. I am confident she will continue the college's standard of excellence."

Daytner has served as the COEHS associate dean since July 2015, after serving as the interim associate dean for one year.

In 2001, Daytner joined Western's faculty as an assistant professor in the educational and interdisciplinary studies department, with primary teaching responsibilities in the area of educational psychology, methods research and clinical observations in human growth and development. She was promoted to full professor in 2013. From 2006 until 2014, Daytner also served as the faculty associate for Western's First Year Experience (FYE) program. In that role, she was responsible for co-chairing the Foundations of Excellence Self Study, FYE Leadership Committee, FYE Review Committee and Committee on FYE Classes. Prior to coming to Western, Daytner served as a project coordinator and an instructor (1999-2001) at Ball State University, an adjunct instructor (1997-98) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and an associate instructor (1994-96) at Indiana University. Daytner earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology at Indiana University (2003), her master's degree in developmental psychology at Illinois State University (1995) and her bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse (1992).

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