University of North Dakota Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas DiLorenzo has asked Wayne E. Swisher to continue in his position as Interim Dean of the UND School of Graduate Studies.
Provost DiLorenzo noted that the number of students pursuing graduate education have increased steadily during the past few years.
The School of Graduate Studies, with an enrollment of more than 2,800 students, is home to more than 100 graduate degrees and certificate programs, and offers the largest and most diversified instructional and research programs between Minneapolis and Seattle. In January, 2013, the State Board of Higher Education approved changing the name to School of Graduate Studies, a name that better reflects the expanding number of graduate programs and graduate students at UND.
Swisher said he was very pleased to be asked to continue in his position as Interim Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
“Graduate education opportunities at UND are expanding rapidly, offering a full range of disciplines and degrees, and expanding opportunities for interdisciplinary work,” Swisher said. “Students are recognizing the exciting opportunities that exist at UND for future teachers, scholars, and researchers. I am excited to be part of this and to be able to work with our outstanding students and a world class graduate faculty at our Exceptional University of North Dakota.”
The School of Graduate Studies has developed training opportunities for Graduate Teaching Assistants and has helped in launching a Graduate Student Association for all graduate students on campus. Research support funds have been provided for doctoral students working on their dissertations and travel support for doctoral students presenting conference papers. The School of Graduate Studies continues to provide funding to graduate faculty members and their graduate students through Summer Doctoral Professorships.
Before being named Interim Dean, Swisher had been an Associate Dean at the School of Graduate Studies, primarily responsible for graduate program reviews.
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