Regents Approve Academic Affairs Restructuring

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved restructuring within Academic Affairs during a closed session meeting of the board.

Under the restructuring, Dr. Fred Janzow has been named vice provost and dean of the Graduate School. Dr. Randy Shaw has been named assistant provost of Extended Learning and dean of the School of Polytechnic Studies. In addition, Dr. David Starrett has been named interim dean of University Studies and director of the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning.

In October 2002 as a part of academic re-structuring approved by the Board, 34 academic departments were consolidated into 29 departments and two administrative positions were eliminated. At that time, the Board named Janzow interim vice provost and dean of the School of Graduate Studies and the School of University Studies, which combined the positions of vice provost, dean of the School of Graduate Studies and dean of the School of University Studies.

Under today’s action, Janzow’s position will be re-structured with Starrett serving as an interim dean of University Studies and director of the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning reporting to the vice provost in order to consolidate the components of the Center, Governor’s Scholars and Honors Program, Testing Services, Writing Assessment and Outcomes, and the Writing Center.

The new academic affairs structure places all areas of Extended Learning – Crisp Bootheel Education Center, the Kennett Area Higher Education Center, the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center, and Perryville Area Higher Education Center, Continuing Education, Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, and Training and Development – under one administrator, Shaw, as assistant provost of Extended Learning and dean of the School of Polytechnic Studies. University officials say Shaw’s new title better represents the comprehensiveness of the role since extended learning is not limited to one college or school.

Since 2002, Shaw has been dean of the School of Polytechnic Studies and interim dean of the School of Extended Learning.

Last year, as a part of the first phase of program review, the director of Off-Campus Programs was eliminated and those duties were combined with the director of Continuing Education. A Training and Development position and a clerical position were also eliminated. Dual Credit was combined with Advanced Placement. That newly configured position reported to Shaw.

Dr. Jane Stephens, University provost, said the restructuring announced today will create no additional positions.