July/August 2012 Issue • Volume 40 • Issue 6

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Announcing the Newest Members of the Department Resources Group

Margaret Weigers Vitullo, PhD, Director, Academic and Professional Affairs Program

Shirley Jackson

Shirley A. Jackson

Timothy Pippert

Timothy Pippert

Mary Senter

Mary Scheuer Senter

Cynthia Siemsen

Cynthia Siemsen

Javier Trevino

A. Javier Trevino

Prabha Unnithan

N. Prabha Unnithan

ASA is delighted to announce six new members of the ASA Department Resources Group (DRG). These sociologists bring the expertise that departments are often seeking, including department and campus leadership in departments granting BA, MA and PhDs, curriculum development, faculty recruitment, assessment, civic engagement and experiential learning, and distance education.

The Department Resources Group (DRG) was founded in 1995 to assist departments with a variety of tasks including conducting external reviews of programs, developing assessment plans, establishing and revising curriculum, negotiating with administrators, and providing workshops on topics ranging from capstone courses to conflict management to the scholarship of teaching and learning. The DRG also offers a mentorship program for new Department Chairs and other departmental leaders. Over the past 13 years, the DRG has conducted more than 250 site visits and consultations at colleges and universities across the United States. ASA covers all the costs of training and maintaining the DRG group. Departments that contract with DRG consultants cover their travel expenses and provide an honorarium. More information on the Department Resource Group, DRG consultants, and the services they can provide can be found at: www.asanet.org/drg.

Shirley A. Jackson, PhD. Southern Connecticut State University. Former Department Chair, currently Graduate Coordinator. Departmental expertise includes program and curriculum development, writing intensive courses, civic engagement.

Timothy Pippert, PhD. Augsburg College. Former Department Chair, Co-Director of Instructional Course Design Program. Departmental expertise includes assessment, experiential learning, use of multi-media in large courses.

Mary Scheuer Senter, PhD. Central Michigan University. Former Department Chair, Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and Assistant to the Dean. Currently Assessment Coordinator for the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences and President of the faculty union. Departmental expertise includes multi-disciplinary departments, assessment, connecting the major to careers.

Cynthia Siemsen, PhD. California State University-Chico. Current Department Chair. Departmental expertise includes distance education, civic engagement and community service learning, curriculum revision.

A. Javier Trevino, PhD. Wheaton College. Former roles include Department Chair, Program Coordinator, President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and President of the Justice Studies Association. Departmental expertise includes pedagogy for undergraduate writing, criminology and law programs.

N. Prabha Unnithan, PhD. Colorado State University. Former roles include Graduate Director, Interim Chair, and Interim Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts. Currently Director of the Center for the Study of Crime and Justice. Departmental expertise includes graduate student professional socialization, faculty recruitment and hiring, sociology and criminology programs.














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