The Katherine Reese Pamplin College of Arts and Sciences will undergo major changes this summer. The college will split into two separate entities, effective July 1.
“This is an exciting time for Augusta State (and the New U) as we continue to grow and improve upon the programs and degrees we offer” said Carol Rychly, vice president for academic affairs. “The division comes with the recommendation of the two deans and the agreement of the department chairs. Members of the departments affected by the split will be surveyed and asked for their suggested names for the new colleges.”
The departments of art; communications and professional writing; English and foreign languages; history, anthropology, and philosophy; music; political science; and sociology, criminal justice, and social work will be housed in one college. Charles Clark, dean of the Pamplin College, will serve as dean of the new entity.
The departments of chemistry and physics; biology; mathematics and computer science; military science; and psychology will be housed in the other college. Sam Robinson, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, has been named interim dean, effective July 1.
Robinson, who joined ASU in 1999, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and doctoral degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is the author of several journal articles on wave propagation and quantum mechanics.
In other moves, Learning Support will move to University College, and nursing will move to the College of Nursing at the time of consolidation. Until then, the two departments will remain under Dean Clark, said Rychly.
Within the Department of Nursing, Jean Pawl has been named the interim chair, effective July 1. Before joining ASU in 1993, Pawl worked 10 years at the University of Nebraska Medical Center as a registered nurse in oncology. Throughout her career, she has written articles on breast cancer and presented her research on oncology studies in numerous workshops hosted by professional organizations such as the Bone Marrow Transplant Symposium, Georgia Nurses Association, and the Oncology Nursing Society.
Pawl is active in the community and is a member of several organizations including the Oncology Nursing Society and Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing.
She received her associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska Medical Center ‘s College of Nursing and her doctoral degree from Georgia State University.