Lyter named Natural & Health Sciences Assoc. Dean
University of Wisconsin-Parkside College of Natural and Health Sciences Dean Emmanuel Otu recently announced the appointment of Dr. Penny Lyter as the college's Associate Dean. "Dr. Lyter's appointment comes after a wide consultation that extolls her dedication and service to UW-Parkside," Dean Otu said.
Lyter chaired the department of Health, Exercise Science, and Sport Management (HESM) for 12 years. During that time, she helped create and implement three new majors: Sport Management, Fitness Management, and Applied Health Sciences (AHS) and she serves as assessment liaison for HESM and AHS. During her tenure, the number of faculty and instructional staff grew from one to six and the department is now the second highest in enrollment, behind Business.
Dean Otu praised her work at the Sports & Activity Center including the planning of the Wellness Center and creation of the new Exercise Science Lab. He said Dr. Lyter developed and directed the Lifetime Wellness curriculum and assisted in planning the new Ranger Strength and Conditioning Center.
Lyter was a major contributor to articulation agreements with College of St. Scholastica for athletic training and with Gateway Technical College for physical therapy. She also assisted with the creation of the entitlement to plan a Master's degree in Sport Management. Most recently, she chaired the Institute for Professional Education Development executive committee.
She implemented Sport and Fitness Nutrition and Introduction to Applied Health Sciences as community-based learning component to STEM courses. Elsewhere on campus, she has served as co-director of Women's Studies, with the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development, and on a long list of committees on campus and in the community. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Lyter received the Stella Gray Teaching Excellence Award in 1997. She has had numerous scholarly publications and has made presentations at international, national and regional/state conferences.
"Dr. Penny Lyter brings a solid academic and service record to the position of Associate Dean in the new college," Dean Otu said. "Please join me in congratulating Penny on this new position."Lyter began her new duties in mid-January.