Muir to Step Down as NCC Associate Dean

Posted: January 31, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Janette Kenner Muir, associate dean of New Century College (NCC), will be stepping down from that position when her term ends in July after six years on the job. She will go back to full-time teaching at the university. A national search is now under way to replace her.

“Working as the associate dean for NCC has been an amazing experience filled with challenges, occasional frustrations, and many gratifying moments. NCC students are some of the most dedicated, gifted undergrads I’ve known. Faculty members are very professional and committed to student learning, and the staff is excellent,” says Muir. “It has been a wonderful place to work, even as NCC went through several transitional years. I look forward to going back to faculty status and teaching in this program, as well as cultivating other partnerships on campus.”

As associate dean of the interdisciplinary college, Muir oversees three degree programs, as well as the Center for Field Studies and the Center for Service and Leadership. She also teaches courses in political communication and rhetoric and has written several articles on presidential campaigns and political activism. Muir has received a George Mason Teaching Excellence Award. Under her leadership, New Century College has flourished, with increased enrollments, successful alumni, a first-class faculty, and participation in national events and conferences. The college is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Muir will be on leave for the fall 2005 semester, although she will be organizing a conference hosted by NCC in October. She will return to teaching in the spring with a reduced course load, and says she’s “always keeping my eyes open for new and interesting projects” to get involved with.

A search committee, headed by Department of History and Art History Chair Jack Censer, is accepting applications for the position until close of business today. The committee is looking for an applicant with strong experience in interdisciplinary work, learning communities, and pedagogy similar to the goals of New Century College. The new associate dean is expected to start July 1.

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