Donald G. Nieman, a historian whose specialty is law and race relations and civil rights in the United States, became dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences in 2008, after serving as dean of arts and sciences at Bowling Green State University in Ohio for eight years. An Iowa native, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Drake University. He earned his PhD at Rice University, where he developed a passion for teaching and research and a deep commitment to balancing discovery and mentoring.
Nieman taught at Kansas State University, Hunter College, Brooklyn College and Clemson University before becoming professor and chair of the History Department at Bowling Green in 1994. He was promoted to dean there in 2000.
He has authored two books and edited four others. In 1991, Oxford University Press published his book Promises to Keep: African-Americans and the Constitutional Order, 1776 to the Present, which has been called the first Afrocentric history of the U.S. Constitution.
As dean at Binghamton University, Nieman worked with campus partners to create freshman seminars for Harpur College students and a first-year writing program designed to help all Binghamton University students develop strong writing skills. He also launched the Harpur Fellows program to provide students an opportunity to pursue a passionate interest while serving the community; helped create the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities; collaborated with colleagues in Student Affairs to establish the Liberal Arts to Career Externship Program, which allows students to explore career opportunities with alumni sponsors; and provided leadership for developing programs with international partners.
Nieman lives in Vestal with his wife, Leigh Ann Wheeler, an associate professor of history and co-editor of the Journal of Women's History, and their son, Brady Wheeler-Nieman.
Provost Nieman's office is located in room 707 of the Couper Administration Building (AD-707). His phone number is 607-777-2141. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katharine C. Krebs came to Binghamton University as director of International Education in 1994. As vice provost for international affairs, she guides the University’s internationalization processes and oversees the Office of International Programs (OIP), the unit responsible for University-wide international partnerships, programs and projects. These include Binghamton’s international exchange and study abroad programs, the Global Studies Minor (GSM), Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC) and the Dual-Diploma Programs with Turkey.
Krebs earned a BA degree in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico and MA and PhD degrees in Spanish from Tulane University. With over 20 years of experience in international education, she also has worked at the University of Pennsylvania and the State University of New York at Albany. Krebs has established international partnerships and study abroad programs around the world, notably in Latin America, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, Morocco, Turkey, China and Korea. Prior experience also includes refugee resettlement work and the teaching of English as a Second Language, Spanish language and Latin American literature.
Krebs is a recipient of the Chancellor’s and University Awards for Excellence in Professional Service. In 1999, she was selected for the Fulbright Administrator’s Program to Korea. She is an associate editor of Frontiers, The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad and is an active member of the Forum on Education Abroad and of the Association of International Education Administrators. Within SUNY, she serves on the Advisory Board to the Council of International Education. Nationally she has served as an external evaluator for education abroad programs and is a frequent speaker at international education conferences. Recently, for two consecutive years, she has secured grants from the German Fulbright Commission to host a Summer Institute for German students of technology at Binghamton.
Vice Provost Krebs' office is located in room 709 of the Couper Administration Building (AD-709). Her phone number is 607-777-2143. E-mail: email@example.com.
Donald J. Loewen began his position as half-time vice provost for undergraduate education in fall 2010. He remains a half-time associate professor of Russian and also currently serves as chair of the Department of German and Russian Studies.
Loewen received his BA in 1984 from the University of Winnipeg, where he was a double major in religious studies and English literature, and his MA and PhD in Slavic languages and literatures from the University of Wisconsin, in 1993 and 2001 respectively. He and his family lived in Moscow from 1997-2000, and he joined the Binghamton faculty in 2001. He has published a book (The Most Dangerous Art) and a variety of articles on the autobiographies of Russian poets, and has written and spoken on a broad variety of other topics. Loewen's current major research project is on the role of Soviet-era monuments in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. In the summer of 2010 he visited numerous monuments and monument parks in Germany, Hungary, Lithuania and Russia to gather materials and take photographs for this project. He received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007 and in Spring 2012 he will be teaching "Russia and the World," an interdisciplinary cultural history of Russia/USSR from 1900 to the present with a special focus on Russia's relationship with the United States.
As vice provost, Loewen works closely with the faculty masters in the University's residential communities, as well as with the Binghamton Scholars Program, the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) and the Office of External Scholarships. His goal is for undergraduate students and the faculty who teach them to be engaged in continually improving the undergraduate education experience at Binghamton, fostering a campus culture of intellectual excellence and aspiration. Loewen retains his role as a member of the faculty and hopes to strengthen contacts between the Office of the Provost, faculty and students so that undergraduate education at Binghamton will continue to improve and the value of an undergraduate degree will increase over time.
Vice Provost Loewen's office is located in room 713 of the Couper Administration Building (AD-713). His phone number is 607-777-2142. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael F. McGoff, vice provost for strategic and fiscal planning, is the former associate dean for academic affairs and administration at the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. He has been employed at the University since 1967 and had been a member of the dean of the Watson School's staff since the establishment of the school in 1983. During the period of 1988-1990, he also served as acting chairman of the Department of Computer Science and from 2008-2009, he served as acting vice president for administration for the University.
Prior to the establishment of the Watson School, McGoff served as assistant dean in the School of Advanced Technology (SAT) at Binghamton and was acting dean of SAT in 1982 and 1983. He earned an associate's degree from Broome Community College and the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton. His doctoral dissertation earned the distinguished dissertation award.
He is the editor of The Ehrensperger Report, an annual collection that describes the status of current research in the field of onomastics. He is a member of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and is the convener of the Academic Planning Academy for SCUP. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), the American Name Society, the American Dialect Society and the International Congress of Onomastic Sciences. He is also past project director for SUNY's Alliance for Minority Participation, Binghamton Region, an NSF-funded program locally called the Binghamton Success Program.
As vice provost for strategic and fiscal planning, he is responsible for developing and maintaining base budgets for the University's academic units and for developing strategies, assessments and information that guide decisions about University program development. In addition to his responsibilities for the provost, the vice provost for strategic and fiscal planning has the following responsibilities:
He has direct-line responsibility for the operations of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, the Office of Course Building and Academic Space Management, the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts, the University Art Museum and the Office of Strategic and Fiscal Planning. He also has dotted-line reporting responsibility for the Educational Communications Center. McGoff also serves as the Ethics Officer for the University.
The vice provost reports to the provost and vice president for academic affairs and has a dotted reporting line to the president.
He is married to Donna Pylypciw, an artist and musician. They have one child, Anna, who is a graduate student at Georgetown University.
Vice Provost McGoff's office is located in room 711 of the Couper Administration Building (AD-711). His phone number is 607-777-2143. E-mail: email@example.com.
Susan Strehle, distinguished service professor of English, will serve as interim vice provost and dean of the graduate school beginning on January 21, 2013.
Strehle has extensive knowledge of graduate education and of the Binghamton campus, where she has taught since 1975. She served as vice provost and dean of the graduate school from 1993 to 2000. She has directed 33 doctoral dissertations and served as a member of dozens of other committees. She served as interim dean of the graduate school of education in 2007-08.
A scholar who specializes in modern and contemporary fiction, global and American literature, women writers and postcolonial theory, Strehle has published three books and two dozen scholarly articles. She serves on the editorial boards of three major journals and reads submissions for others. In courses ranging from undergraduate lectures to graduate seminars, she has taught surveys and specialized subjects including postcolonial fiction, fictions of nation and diaspora, and American short story.
Strehle has received Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching and in Faculty Service. She has served as Chair of the Faculty Senate twice and chaired or co-chaired several committees including the faculty committee that designed assessment policy for the Binghamton campus, search committees, educational policy committees, and awards committees. Within the English department, she has served as chair, graduate director, and undergraduate director.
After working with the College Board Advanced Placement Test in Literature and Composition for many years, Strehle served as chief reader from 2008-12, leading 1100 English teachers each summer through the scoring of over a million hand-written essays by high school students.
Sandra Starke serves as the vice provost for enrollment management at Binghamton University. Since April 1999, she has been responsible for the recruitment, marketing, enrollment and retention of the University's undergraduate students. She is also responsible for records, financial aid services and technology innovation as it relates to student systems.
Using strategic enrollment management practices, the University ensures academic strength, diversity of student populations and geographic representation. The office provides campus leadership in efforts targeted at the successful integration and retention of students.
She has over 28 years of finance experience in state and local government, the last 18 of those years in higher education. She previously served the University as assistant vice president of finance and planning, overseeing the budget and institutional research offices. Before that, she was the deputy budget director for the city of Albany, N.Y. She received her master's degree in public administration from the Nelson Rockefeller School of Public Affairs. In 1992, she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Nelson Rockefeller School.
She has presented numerous seminars on fiscal and productivity analysis and the use of data and data analysis to support academic and enrollment planning and policy development. Most recently she has been presenting on integrating fiscal and enrollment planning as well as integrating planning and assessment in higher education.
Vice Provost Starke's office is in room 110 of Academic A (AA-110). Her phone number is 607-777-2728. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nasrin Fatima comes to Binghamton University from Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College) where she served as the assistant vice president for assessment, research and planning. Prior to Penn College, Fatima served as the director for institutional effectiveness and assessment at Xavier University of Louisiana. Fatima earned a bachelor's (honors) and a master's degree from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She earned a second master's and doctoral degrees from the University of New Orleans. Her doctoral dissertation earned the distinguished dissertation award.
Fatima's professional affiliations include the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). She has published and presented a number of scholarly papers.
As assistant provost for institutional research and effectiveness, Fatima oversees and coordinates internal and external reporting of official University statistics and data files; conducts research studies and analyses of University data in support of key campus initiatives, decision making and strategic planning; oversees the University's Operational Data Store; and leads the implementation of an enterprise-wide data warehouse.
Fatima's office is in room 306 of the Couper Administration Building (AD-306). Her phone number is 607-777-2365. E-mail: email@example.com.
Thomas Kowalik is director of the Division of Continuing Education & Outreach and provides leadership for the development of the institution’s continuing education programs. As the principal academic and administrative officer of continuing education and outreach, the director oversees policy, programmatic and fiscal management in the areas of summer and winter sessions, continuing education and advising. Working with all campus units, the director shapes and guides implementation of University policies affecting continuing education; oversees activities involving academic and administrative matters; and works closely with deans, staff and faculty in problem resolution to ensure student learning needs are met and programs are successful. Kowalik is internationally recognized within the field of continuing higher education and was recently inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. He is a past president of the University Continuing Education Association and is past president of the Coalition of Lifelong Learning Organizations. Kowalik frequently acts as a consultant to numerous North American universities, state agencies, private corporations and the U.S. military. He has received numerous awards for leadership, program development, research and scholarship. For more information see: http://ceo.binghamton.edu/kowalik/
Kowalik's office is in room 1322B of Library North (LN-1322B). He can be reached at 607-777-2792. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelly Wemette joined Binghamton University's staff in 1994, and currently holds the position of director of the Office of Strategic and Fiscal Planning under the direction of Michael F. McGoff. Wemette graduated in December 2002 from Binghamton University with a master of arts in social sciences and a concentration in public administration. Her undergraduate degree is in business management from SUNY at Plattsburgh.
Wemette is the initial contact person in the Office of the Provost regarding annual faculty reports and the faculty reporting website; budget requests and allocations within academic affairs; the discretionary salary increase process for faculty and professional staff in academic affairs; the Academic Program and Faculty Development Fund; the NYS/UUP Individual Development Awards Program; the NYS/UUP Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action/Diversity Leave Program; procedures for personnel cases; the Provost's Inter/Multidisciplinary Symposia Program; and sabbatical requests.
Wemette's husband, Terry, is an engineer at NYSEG; and together they have two children, Randy and Heidi.
Wemette' office is in room 708 of the Couper Administration Building (AD-708). Her phone number is 607-777-4801. E-mail: email@example.com.
Liz Abate has been part of Binghamton University's staff since October 1995. She served as administrative assistant for undergraduate programs in psychology and psychobiology before joining the Office of the Provost as assistant for undergraduate education in October 2002. Prior to her employment at Binghamton, Abate was the proprietor of a desktop publishing business in Pennsylvania. She received her BA in English from Wilkes University (Wilkes-Barre, Penn.) and attended graduate school at the University of Michigan.
Abate serves as the assistant to the provost and as the coordinator of Binghamton's General Education Program and provides administrative support for undergraduate initiatives under the direction of Vice Provost Loewen. She also coordinates the production of the University Bulletin and the Faculty-Staff Handbook, maintains the website for the Provost's Office and serves as the initial contact in the Provost's Office regarding academic honesty cases.
Abate's husband, Murnal, is the assistant director for summer and winter sessions at Binghamton University. Together they have one child, Sarah-Jane.
Abate’s office is in room 705A of the Couper Administration Building (AD-705A). Her phone number is 607-777-2146. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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