Provost Announces Appointment of Jennifer Marcinkiewicz as Interim Director of Kent State's Center for Teaching and Learning

Kent State University's Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Todd Diacon has announced that Jennifer Marcinkiewicz, Ph.D., has been appointed interim director of Kent State’s Center for Teaching and Learning, effective July 11, 2016. She will provide overall leadership for the Center for Teaching and Learning, whose primary mission is to provide opportunities, leadership and support for all faculty to grow in their scholarly and professional endeavors. She succeeds David Dees, Ph.D., who was appointed to serve as interim dean and chief administrative officer of the university's East Liverpool and Salem campuses earlier this month.

Marcinkiewicz joined Kent State in 1995 and is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. She is coordinator of the Integrated Life Sciences program and co-director of the Upward Bound Math-Science program. At the Center for Teaching and Learning, Marcinkiewicz served as a faculty fellow in 2015-2016 and as a teaching scholar in 2013-2014.

"Dr. Marcinkiewicz is a great choice to replace Dr. Dees," says Associate Provost Sue Averill. "She is committed to the center's work and will keep the visibility and momentum of the Center for Teaching and Learning’s programming on track." 

Marcinkiewicz earned her Ph.D., master's and bachelor's degrees in animal sciences at the University of Illinois. Her research interests focus on physiology, cell biology and reproductive endocrinology.  

"I am honored to have this opportunity to lead the Center for Teaching Learning as it continues to support faculty in their vital role in making Kent State University a vibrant learning environment," Marcinkiewicz says. 

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