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Morgan Named Associate Dean in WIU College of Arts and Sciences

January 30, 2012

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MACOMB, IL – Russ Morgan, professor of psychology and interim associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Western Illinois University, was named associate dean for undergraduate and graduate curriculum and student affairs for the CAS, effective Jan. 1. He had served in an interim role since July 15, 2010.

"Dr. Morgan brings a wealth of experience to the dean's office. His wide-ranging background, his commitment to collaboration and academic excellence and his familiarity with college and University processes will serve arts and sciences well," said CAS Dean Sue Martinelli-Fernandez. "We are most happy to have him as an important member of our team."

Morgan came to Western in 1997 following a three-year postdoctoral appointment at Cornell University. At WIU, Morgan chaired the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, served as the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) grievance officer and served as the experimental psychology graduate program coordinator. He chaired or served on more than 20 master's theses committees, and he has an extensive list of publications and awarded grants to his credit.

He is a member of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA), Neurobehavioral Teratology Society (NBTS) and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).

"I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve as an associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences," Morgan said. "I believe that the College of Arts and Sciences strives to develop well-rounded, productive members of society by offering a diverse curriculum, opportunities for scholarship and research and encouraging in our students a sense of belongingness and responsibility to the community."

He received his Ph.D. (1994) and master's of arts (1992) degrees in experimental psychology from Kent State University. Morgan's bachelor's of arts (1990) degree in psychology is from Miami University of Ohio.

The associate dean for curriculum and student affairs administers all aspects of graduate and undergraduate student studies and secondary teacher education issues within the college; manages the CAS undergraduate and graduate curriculum; serves as the primary liaison with faculty governance bodies within the college; coordinates CAS academic advising; and manages assessment of student learning.

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