June 28, 2012
Indiana State University officials have selected Linda Maule, coordinator of ISU's Foundational Studies Program, to serve as the first dean of the new University College, which will focus on the needs of first-year students.
As the college's chief academic officer, Maule will chair a task force that will develop specific operational guidelines for the college. She will also administer the Foundational Studies Program and will work closely with the academic colleges, academic departments, admissions, honors, and other campus units to ensure that the needs of first year students are better served.
"Dr. Maule has repeatedly demonstrated her commitment to student success in a variety of ways. As coordinator of general education and foundational studies programs for the past five years, she is well qualified to lead the development and launch of the University College," said Jack Maynard, ISU provost and vice president for academic affairs. "She has the passion, enthusiasm and commitment to be a great dean."
Maule has been a faculty member since 1996 in Indiana State's department of political science and women's studies program. In addition to serving as coordinator of the university's Foundational Studies/General Education program since 2007, she has been co-director and interim director of women's studies, director of legal studies and interim chairperson of the sociology department.
"I am thrilled by the prospect of working collaboratively with my colleagues to develop a leading edge University College, nationally recognized for its commitment to first year students and their learning," Maule said. "While this university-wide effort may be fraught with internal and external challenges, I am confident that the longstanding good work of numerous ISU faculty, staff and administrators has laid the foundation for the college's success. I also am confident that together, the university community will bring to fruition a shared vision of student success that will serve not only our first-year students, but all of our students, well."
Jennifer Schriver, associate vice president for student success and chair of the search committee for the dean's position, said the University College "will play an important role in our continued efforts to assist students in making a successful transition to college and in helping students reach their academic goals. Dr. Maule has substantial experience in working with first-year students, and we believe her energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge of first-year issues will serve as a catalyst for this new College.
During her time at Indiana State, Maule has received numerous awards, including the Caleb Mills Distinguished Teaching Award, Faculty Distinguished Service Award, Center for Community Engagement Outstanding Service Award, University Honors Program Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Women's Studies Program's Darlene Hantzis Advocacy Award for Leadership and Commitment, Office of Residential Life Outstanding Dedication to First Year Student Academic Success Award (twice) and the Indiana Campus Compact Brian Douglas Hiltunen Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Scholarship of Engagement.
Maule holds bachelor's and master's degrees and a Ph.D. from Washington State University.
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Linda Maule, coordinator of ISU's foundational studies and general education programs since 2007, has been named dean of the new University College, which will focus on the needs of first-year students.