Dr. Brad Colwell, a professor and associate dean at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has been appointed the next dean of the College of Education and Human Development. Dr. Kenneth Borland, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, made the announcement June 8 following a national search. Colwell's appointment becomes effective July 19.
"His record of teaching, scholarship and service at the national and state levels has prepared him to lead with vision. We anticipate his ability to lead the college and BGSU's related programs toward a very exciting future, both on campus and throughout the state," Borland said of Colwell in his announcement letter.
A tenured full professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education at SIU Carbondale, Colwell holds master's and doctoral degrees in educational administration, as well as a law degree, from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
As associate dean at SIU, he has primary responsibility for all the curricular aspects of the college and its nearly 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. He also administers the faculty mentoring program and has oversight for the college's student services programs, which include academic advisement, scholarships and recruitment/retention.
His scholarly research has centered on education law and school governance. He is widely published and a frequent presenter on the topics. In addition, he has secured more than $700,000 in external grant funding and is the co-editor of a national publication on school law as well as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Scholarship and Practice.
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Alesia Hill still has three semesters to go at BGSU, but she already knows where she will work after graduation.
Hill, a journalism major from Pickerington, was chosen to participate in the 2010 LIN Media Minority Scholar and Training Program. The prestigious national award is given to just one student each year. Winners receive a $20,000 scholarship for each of the next two years, paid summer internships at one of LIN's television stations and a job after graduation. LIN also provides housing and a car during the internship.
Hill applied after learned about the scholarship through an e-mail sent by the journalism department. "I was in New York when I got the news," she said. "I started crying and thanking them and I called my mom, who also started crying. I was just so excited and feel really blessed to get this opportunity."
Despite the long hours and often low pay, Hill would like to be a reporter. She is spending the summer at WDTN, the NBC affiliate in Dayton, where she will get hands-on experience in all of the station's departments.
"I really love people, interacting and talking with them, getting stories and investigative journalism. Watching the newscasts in Dayton, they really have it down to an art. It takes a lot of discipline."
This fall, Hill will be the editor of the Obsidian, a monthly campus publication covering minority communities and related issues.
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