I am pleased to announce the appointment of Associate Professor Virginia (Lyn) Stallings as Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, effective May 25, 2011.
Well known in our university community, Dr. Stallings has been a member of the AU Department of Mathematics and Statistics since 1989. During her tenure she has served as coordinator of the Ph.D. program in Mathematics Education; Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics; Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences; Associate Director for Teaching and Learning Resources in the Center of Teaching Excellence; Vice Chair, Chair, and Past Chair of the Faculty Senate; and faculty representative to the Board of Trustees. Most recently, she spearheaded, with her colleagues in the Faculty Senate, the revision of the AU Faculty Manual.
As the Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Stallings will be responsible for the General Education Program, University Honors Program, Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholar Program, and University College Program. She will also oversee the development of three-year bachelor’s degree programs, the implementation of the new Undergraduate Academic Regulations, and the expansion of undergraduate student research initiatives. As the university continues its focus on student retention and success, Dr. Stallings will coordinate the hiring and supervision of the university’s retention coordinator and will work closely with the Dean of Students, Office of Campus Life, and the Undergraduate Experience Council to implement new software to assist with early identification of students at risk. Finally, she will be responsible for the development and support of academic affinity groups and learning communities in collaboration with the AU Admissions Office and the Undergraduate Advising Council.
Dr. Stallings’ experience in the areas of undergraduate curriculum development, policy review, student enrollment and retention, and support services, will serve her well in this position. Please join me in welcoming her as a member of the Provost’s administrative team.