Gatrell named dean of graduate school

July 9 2008

A current Indiana State University educator has been tapped to head the university's graduate school, which has seen a steady increase in enrollment in recent years.

Jay Gatrell, an Indiana State faculty member since 2000 and currently an associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, will serve as dean of the School of Graduate Studies, ISU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs C. Jack Maynard announced Wednesday (July 9).

"Over the past seven years, enrollment in Indiana State's graduate programs has increased by more than 35 percent. We conducted a national search in order to ensure that we selected the very best person for this important position. I am pleased to say that we found that person in one of our own," said Maynard, currently ISU's interim president.

"Jay has served this university, its students and the state of Indiana well as a faculty member and an administrator. He has actively involved students in research and has excelled at securing outside funding to enable the university to take on new challenges and better serve the state and Midwest region," Maynard said.

"I am excited about the many opportunities that exist to advance graduate education at Indiana State University and look forward to working with Provost Maynard, the deans, faculty and the entire campus community," Gatrell said. "As a faculty member at ISU, I am honored to be working with colleagues and friends to meet the needs of our students, enhance existing programs and identify opportunities for growth."

Individually and together with other faculty members from Indiana State and other universities, Gatrell has secured approximately $1.5 million in outside funding for research and scholarship programs at ISU. That funding includes a nearly $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to provide scholarships for future science teachers and $532,000 in U.S. Department of Education funding to prepare and recruit under-represented teachers for Indianapolis Public Schools.

In addition to his duties as associate dean for budget and research in the College of Arts and Sciences, Gatrell is associate professor of geography and women's studies. He is also co-director of Project PRE (Partnership to Reform Education). As director of the Center for Social Science Education from 2002 to 2006, he developed an undergraduate advising plan for more than 140 students and served as a liaison with the College of Education, assisting with the assessment of student teachers.

Gatrell holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Eastern Michigan University, a master's in geography from the University of Toledo and a Ph.D. in geography from West Virginia University.

Prior to coming to Indiana State, he was an assistant professor of geography at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and previously taught at Toledo and West Virginia.

He will begin his new duties with the Graduate School on August 1.

Photo: Jay Gatrell

Contact: C. Jack Maynard, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Indiana State University, 812-237-2309 or  

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or


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Jay Gatrell, an Indiana State faculty member since 2000 and currently an associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, will serve as dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

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