OSWEGO -- Five finalist candidates for the position
of provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Oswego are
visiting campus for interviews this month and next. More than 100
higher education administrators from around the nation applied for the
Ellen Whitford, dean of Central Connecticut State
University's School of Education and Professional Studies, will be on
campus Monday and Tuesday. On Thursday and Friday, Jan. 29 and 30, Jon
Engelhardt, dean of Wichita State University's College of Education, is
The campus community will meet Raymond Tymas-Jones,
dean of Ohio University's College of Fine Arts, on Feb. 2 and 3;
Katherine (Kate) Conway-Turner, dean of Georgia Southern University's
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, on Feb. 9 and 10; and
Susan Coultrap-McQuin, dean of the School of Social and Behavioral
Sciences at Minnesota State University at Mankato, on Feb. 11 and 12.
Open sessions are scheduled for 3 p.m. on the first
day of each candidate's visit in Hewitt Union's Bell Auditorium for
students, faculty and staff to meet with the candidates.
Now in her fourth year as dean at Central
Connecticut, Whitford led development of the college's first doctor of
education degree. She began her career in higher education at Salisbury
State University, where she led the effort for accreditation of the
teacher education program. Her doctorate is from Rutgers University,
and she has pursued scholarly work in leadership, change and education
Engelhardt has been dean at Wichita State since
1997. He previously directed the Center for Excellence in Education at
Northern Arizona University, was dean of the College of Education at
the University of Texas at El Paso, and was a professor and chair at
Arizona State University. He earned his doctorate in mathematics
education at the University of Texas at Austin.
Tymas-Jones began his career on the music faculty at
Buffalo State College. He directed the School of Music at the
University of Northern Iowa before he assumed his current position at
Ohio in 1998. He received his doctorate from Washington University in
St. Louis. As a vocalist, he has performed from upstate New York
(including Syracuse Opera in 1989) to Europe.
After years of teaching at the University of
Delaware, where she also directed women's studies, Conway-Turner
received an American Council on Education fellowship to study higher
education issues. She became dean at Georgia Southern in 2001. She
earned her doctorate in psychology from the University of Kansas. Among
her publications is the book "Women, Families and Feminist Politics."
Twice since becoming dean at Mankato in 1995,
Coultrap-McQuin has served as acting or interim academic vice
president. Most of her faculty experience occurred at the University of
Minnesota at Duluth, where she founded the women's studies department.
Her doctorate in American studies is from the University of Iowa. She
is the author of the award-winning book "Doing Literary Business."