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Dr. Jeannette Riley named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences 

Provost Mohammad Karim is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jeannette Riley as UMass Dartmouth's new Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Over the past two years, Dr. Riley has served as Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Science, supporting the college's faculty, students and staff to excel in the rapidly changing higher education environment.

Dr. Riley has demonstrated her deep commitment to the continued success of our faculty, students and staff. She has focused on assuring the quality and effectiveness of all educational programs and on expanding the research profile of the college. Her strong leadership has helped position the college to move forward rapidly through the implementation of its Strategic Plan.

Formerly at Kent State University, Dr. Riley arrived at UMass Dartmouth in 2002 and was tenured at UMass Dartmouth in 2005 and promoted to full professor in 2010. Dr. Riley has served as Director of the Women's Studies Program (2003-2009), successfully growing the program from a minor to the robust major, Women and Gender Studies, as well as Director of the Liberal Arts Program (2006-2010). As chairperson of the Department of English (2010-2012), she provided academic and administrative leadership for the largest department in the College of Arts and Science.

Dr. Riley received her Ph.D. in English from University of New Mexico, an M.A. in English, University of New Hampshire and her B.A. in English from Colby College. Dr. Riley's primary research currently focuses on the writings of American poet Adrienne Rich with recent publications analyzing Rich's engagement with politics and democracy, a new direction in Rich studies. Other publications focus on the scholarship of teaching, with several articles developed from Riley's grant-funded work on blended and online teaching and learning. Dr. Riley is currently completing a book length project on Rich.

"I look forward to continued success at UMass Dartmouth supporting the College's renowned faculty, tremendous students, and hardworking staff," said Dr. Riley. "A degree in the arts and sciences at UMass Dartmouth exposes students to new ideas, various cultures, and creative encounters. Our faculty are committed to the academic pillars of theoretical knowledge and practical learning through scholarship, research, and experiential learning opportunities for our students."

Understanding the shifting need within higher education for diverse modes of teaching, as the Faculty Instructional Technologies Coordinator and Academic Director of Online Education, Dr. Riley has supported faculty to use technology effectively in the classroom. In this capacity, she developed online faculty training course, researched and designed learning modules on online assessment practices and effective practices for online teaching and researched and developed electronic portfolio processes for departments. Additionally, she has also received over one-half million dollars in grant resources to support a number of projects related to teaching with technology.

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is the largest college at UMass Dartmouth, offering 21 majors and enrolling nearly half of all undergraduate students. The college's five graduate programs are highly competitive because of the individually tailored academic experiences. The School of Education is housed within the college and offers graduate degrees and teacher licensure programs. In addition, CAS offers online undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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