Professor Patrick Thaddeus Jackson has accepted an appointment as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of International Service beginning July 1, 2012. Professor Jackson has served in the Office of the Provost the Director of General Education and Director of the University College since April of 2007. As Director of University College he also was instrumental in launching the non-residential first-year learning communities that extend the classroom into the city through the popular Wednesday Lab model. Under his leadership, University College has become an internationally recognized exemplar of effective first year experiences for undergraduates. Just recently, the University College received the Outstanding Collaborative Initiative Award from the Commission for Admissions, Orientation, and First year Experience from the American College Personnel Association’s section on College Student Educators International.
As Director of the General Education Program, Professor Jackson enhanced its focus on providing a common curriculum for all undergraduates that preserved the university’s commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry and to international understanding through a broad foundation in liberal arts. He participated in the recent review of the General Education program and has effectively mapped out a plan for an effective and efficient self-study process for the academic units. Professor Jackson designed a transitional plan for assigning the curricular leadership of the General Education program to a faculty committee. Professor Jackson continues to assist that committee in its review the self-studies, assessment of the goals of the General Education program, and its future role as a consulting body for the General Education curriculum including new “wild card” and challenging “sophomore seminar” courses.
I invite the American University community to join me in thanking Professor Jackson for his noteworthy contributions to undergraduate education and congratulate him in his new appointment. I am secure in the knowledge that he will continue to advance quality undergraduate study in the School of International Service.