Mullen named CA&H Interim Associate Dean
As part of UW-Parkside's academic reorganization, Dr. Megan Mullen, Professor of Communication, has been named interim associate dean of the new College of Arts and Humanities. Dean Yohnk, the new college's dean made the announcement adding that Dr. Mullen's appointment continues through June 30, 2013.
"We are thrilled to have Megan as a part of the leadership team of the new College of Arts and Humanities for many reasons and truly believe that her professional and academic expertise, skills, and interests are an excellent 'fit' for the new college," Yohnk said.
Mullen begins her 15th year at UW-Parkside this fall. She recently completed six years as chair of the Communication Dept. and previously spent seven years leading the Humanities Program. She also served on various campus committees, notably the Course and Curriculum Committee, the Committee on Advising, and the Lecture & Fine Arts Committee. And she has played an active role in introducing online and blended courses at UW-Parkside, both as an instructor and as co-director with Jim Robinson of an online teaching and learning task force and a summer workshop for online instructors.
In her new role, Mullen will continue to investigate online and blended course and program options, which Yohnk called "one of our critical top priorities." She will assist in the research and development of flexible academic opportunities and programs that better meet the needs of all students, including adult/non-traditional students, who hope to complete their degrees in a timely manner. She will work collaboratively with others in the Dean's Office to guide the development of mission and vision statements for the new college and the day-to-day business of the college.
Mullen holds a Ph.D. in Radio-Television-Film from University of Texas at Austin. She taught at University of New Hampshire before coming to UW-Parkside. Until recently, her main area of research was the history of cable television in the U.S., about which she published two books and several articles and book chapters. More recently, her research has shifted into the areas of Web 2.0 technologies and online education. She will continue teaching in Communication on a half-time basis during this appointment.In the photo, Professor Mullen, standing, right, is shown with her communication classes following a presentation at the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread in Racine.