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Dean Bowling Green, OH

On behalf of Bowling Green State University, Isaacson, Miller is pleased to announce that Dr. Ellen Schendel has been appointed as the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She will join BGSU on June 20, 2022.

Dr. Schendel currently serves as associate vice president for academic affairs at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, where her responsibilities include coordination and approval of new program development, international education and providing support and guidance for university wide curricular innovations. Under her leadership, Grand Valley State University launched more than 30 new graduate and undergraduate degree programs, certificates and badges. Her work has also resulted in a new annual academic program review process to assess programmatic health and provide direction to improve and better resource educational offerings.

Dr. Schendel holds a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in rhetoric and composition from the University of Louisville. She achieved tenure and promotion to full professor in the Writing Department at Grand Valley State University, and her scholarly research is primarily focused on writing assessment. She also served as associate dean in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies and as acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Grand Valley State.

Jeff Kessner led this search with Robin Dougherty, Janette Martinez, and Olivia Correll.


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