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Dr. Charles A. McAdams, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, began his tenure at Northwest Missouri State University in 2004. Prior to this appointment, Dean McAdams served in the positions of acting dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, chair of the Department of Music, and Professor of Music at Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri) for 20 years.
Since arriving at Northwest, the College of Arts and Sciences has developed new programs in Nanoscale Science, Geographic Information Science (GIS), Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science, and Master of Science degree in Biotechnology.
Dean McAdams led a team of science faculty to design the new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) which houses the new Nanoscale Science program and a state-of-the-art commercial analysis lab and mixed-use business incubator. He also co-led the Advisory Board for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship during its three-year start-up period.
Dean McAdams has traveled extensively promoting student and faculty international exchanges with Northwest Missouri State University and advocating the importance of internationalizing the curriculum on the Northwest campus. He initiated efforts to establish Northwest’s first international alumni chapter in Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. McAdams’s recent research has focused on the use of innovation in higher education, continuous improvement models in higher education and his most recent book is titled, The Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble and R. Winston Morris: A 40th Anniversary Retrospective published by Scarecrow Press.
Dean McAdams holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University, and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign. In 2007, Dr. McAdams successfully completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.