Professor Ron McCallister has been appointed the Director of the School of Arts & Sciences, upon the recommendation of Dr. Kim Estep, Tusculum College Provost and Chief Academic Officer, College president Dr. Dolpus E. Henry announced.
“Ron brings to this position a wealth of experience, as a faculty member (in two departments, history and computer science), as an administrator, as a program coordinator, and as a committee chair of Admissions & Standards. During ten years of service at Tusculum College, he has earned the respect of his colleagues for his tireless work ethic and his willingness to stand up for what is right for the college,” said Dr. Henry.
Professor McCallister will assume his duties beginning July 1. As stipulated in the Faculty Handbook, his appointment is for three years. As School Director, he will serve as the key coordinator for all academic programs in the Arts & Sciences disciplines, both in the Residential College and Gateway programs. In addition to the duties already enumerated in the Faculty Handbook for this position, Ron will be charged with:
- Undertaking responsibilities related to the SACS Reaffirmation process
- working with the other School Directors and Department Chairs on creating an adjunct faculty evaluation process, and
- ensuring that our programs across the college are delivered with academic quality and integrity
For the present time, Professor McCallister has been asked to work directly with the department chairs in Arts & Sciences on institutional leadership issues, as the three division directorships will be temporarily or permanently vacant as of Fall 2007. The academic leadership team will re-evaluate the needs for division-level leadership at some point next year.
” I am delighted to welcome Ron as a member of our academic leadership team at Tusculum College! Please give him your encouragement and support as he undertakes these critical tasks,” Dr. Henry said.