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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Oct. 14, 2010

Northwest announces town hall meetings with finalists for dean position

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University has announced three finalists for its dean of the College of Education and Human Services.

The candidates will meet members of the University community during a series of town hall meetings next month in the J.W. Jones Student Union.

Northwest launched a search for the dean position after the July 1 retirement of Dr. Max Ruhl.

The finalists and the meeting details are listed below.

Dr. Joyce A. Piveral (4-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1 in the Student Union Boardroom)

Piveral is the interim dean of the College of Education and Human Services and associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Northwest. She received her bachelor's degree in education, with honors, as well as her master's in secondary school administration from Northwest. She also has a specialist degree in education. She received her doctor of education from the University of Missouri-Columbia/Northwest Missouri State University in educational leadership and policy analysis. She has authored books and numerous publications on teaching. Piveral also has been active with teacher accreditation processes at the state and regional levels.

Dr. Deborah B. Rodgers (4-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 in the Student Union Ballroom)

Rodgers is an associate professor in the Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum Department at the University of Oklahoma. She received her bachelor's in secondary education, with a Spanish major and psychology minor, from Northwest Missouri State University. She received her master's in education, early childhood, from the University of Northern Iowa. She received her doctor of philosophy in early childhood education from Auburn University. From 2004 to 2008 she served as the associate dean for student services at the University of Oklahoma. Rodgers has also served in numerous positions focusing on accreditation processes. She has recently returned to a faculty position. Her research and publications are in the area of teacher education.

Dr. Susan M. Muller (4-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8 in the Student Union Boardroom)

Muller is the chair of the Human and Sport Sciences Department and professor in health education and exercise science at the University of Maryland. She received a bachelor's in health and physical education from the University of Pennsylvania-Edinboro. She also has a bachelor's degree in biological science from Salisbury University. She received her master's, as well as her doctor of philosophy, from the University of Maryland in health education. She has extensive accreditation experience with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) at the state and national level. Her research interests and numerous publications are in the area of teacher education and health education. 

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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