Annual Report 2012-2013

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Tobacco- and Smoke-Free AU

AU is Proud to be Tobacco- and Smoke-Free

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“As AU continues its momentum and is further recognized among the leading college-centered research institutions, Deans Romzek, Rutenbeck, and Weil have impressively led the development of their schools—enhancing existing academic programs, supporting faculty-led innovations, and promoting the scholar-teacher ideal. Their impact has been significant, garnering accolades from colleagues at AU and within the broader higher education community.”

Scott A. Bass, Provost

Carola Weil inaugural dean School of Professional and Extended Studies

Carola Weil, Dean, SPExS

Carola Weil, veteran administrator in higher education, nonprofit, and international settings, was named the inaugural dean of AU’s School of Professional and Extended Studies (SPExS). Building on the renowned Washington Semester Program, SPExS was established in 2012 to provide unique courses and programs to meet the needs of today’s diverse learners. Before being tapped for the new school, Weil directed international and strategic partnerships for the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. During her career at USC–Annenberg, Weil helped launch the school’s first online MA in communication management; a new innovation and design laboratory; and interdisciplinary programs in economic literacy, sports media, and entrepreneurship. In addition, she served there as assistant dean and later associate dean for planning and strategic initiatives. Weil has also held appointments at the U.S. Institute of Peace, the George Washington University, Harvard University’s Belfer Center, the University of Maryland’s Center for International Development and Conflict Management, Women in International Security, and the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation.

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Barbara Romzek dean School of Public Affairs

Barbara Romzek, Dean, SPA

Since becoming dean of the School of Public Affairs, Barbara Romzek has logged some serious frequent flier miles to promote SPA and its reputation as a leader in the field of public affairs. Recognized for her expertise in the area of public management and accountability with emphases on government reform, contracting, and network service delivery, Romzek has focused her research on complex work settings, including NASA, Congress, and the Air Force, as well as state agencies, local governments, and nonprofits. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and has received research awards from the American Society for Public Administration and the American Political Science Association. She served on the governing boards for the Academy of Management, American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, and National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration; currently she is a member of the Board of the Public Management Research Association. Before joining AU, Romzek held a number of academic leadership positions at the University of Kansas.

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Jeffrey Rutenbeck dean School of Communication

Jeffrey Rutenbeck, Dean, SOC

A confirmed video game aficionado in his youth, School of Communication dean Jeffrey Rutenbeck carries his love of the sophistication and complexity of game theory and design with him into his current role. Since joining AU in June of 2012, Rutenbeck has focused on growing the Campaign for SOC and building on established partnerships to expand the dean’s internships, launch a new Investigative Journalism Practicum with the Washington Post, and join the first D.C.-area team to enter the DOE Solar Decathlon. He also has found time to launch an initiative with the College of Arts and Sciences to develop a center for persuasive gaming at AU. Prior to joining AU, Rutenbeck was founding dean of the Division of Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, where he implemented and grew programs in game design, game art and animation, public relations, broadcast and streaming media, and emergent media. Previously, as a professor and administrator at the University of Denver, Rutenbeck founded the interdisciplinary bachelor’s and master’s programs in digital media studies.

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