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Stamp named dean of Graduate School

Nancy Stamp, an experienced re- searcher and teacher, has been named by Provost Mary Ann Swain to guide the University’s graduate programs as the new vice provost and dean of the Graduate School.

Stamp, professor of biological sciences, replaces David G. Payne, who left in April to became associate vice president for graduate and professional education at Educational Testing Services in Princeton, N.J.

In making the appointment, Swain said, Stamp demonstrated a knowledge of national trends in graduate education during the interviews for the position. “She also offered many ideas for how to use best practices elsewhere to improve graduate education at Binghamton,” Swain said. “She is an effective researcher and graduate director in her own department. I look forward to working with her, using her insights and experiences to enhance the quality and reputation of our graduate programs.”

Stamp joined the University in 1984 after earning a PhD from the University of Maryland. She holds a BA in botany-bacteriology from Ohio Wesleyan University, a MAT in education from the University of Pittsburgh and an MS in zoology from Arizona State University.

In addressing the challenges in difficult fiscal times, Stamp said a major issue the University will face is that the state is not expected to increase stipends for graduate students.

“There are things we can do,” she said. “We can continue to provide quality graduate education and give students experience and marketable skills during the time they’re here to maximize their education — making sure their time here is well invested and will afford them a variety of field tracks.”

Although graduate education in the United States is recognized world wide as the best, Stamp said, national studies have shown areas that need improvement. The national Reshaping Graduate Education initiative is providing a framework for restructuring, she said.

“The thought is to give graduate students more background in core competencies — training them as team leaders and communicators through interdisciplinary instruction and providing a more global perspective,” she said.

Stamp said BU already has many excellent programs in place that students may not be aware of, such as workshops presented by the Center for Learning and Teaching to develop teaching skills, and certificate programs in administration presented by Professional Development and Research in SEHD. “Among other things, I would like to see our students more aware of the programs we have in place and also the development of more of these types of programs,” Stamp said.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08