New Dean Named to College of Arts and Sciences

April 14, 2022

After a competitive national search, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Ellen Schendel has been selected as the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and will join BGSU on June 20, 2022.

Dr. Schendel currently serves as associate vice president for academic affairs at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, where her responsibilities include coordination and approval of new program development, international education, and providing support and guidance for universitywide curricular innovations.

Grand Valley State University launched over 30 new graduate and undergraduate degree programs, certificates and badges under her leadership. Her work has also resulted in a new annual academic program review process to assess programmatic health and provide direction to improve and better resource educational offerings. As a proven collaborator, she will bring a focus to Bowling Green State University on student success and program excellence that begins with supporting faculty research, scholarly and creative activity and meaningful staff development.

Dr. Schendel holds a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in rhetoric and composition from the University of Louisville. She achieved tenure and promotion to full professor in the Writing Department at Grand Valley State University, and her scholarly research is primarily focused on writing assessment. She also served as associate dean in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies and as acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Grand Valley State.

I look forward to working with Dr. Schendel to develop a clear vision for the college that will explore how our academic programs and interdisciplinary work are integral to addressing the challenges and capitalizing on the opportunities of today and tomorrow. She will also be instrumental in fulfilling the college’s mission to provide the fundamentals of a liberal arts and science education at our University.

I am incredibly grateful to the committee members whose dedication resulted in a successful search and to Dr. Jim Ciesla for his leadership in chairing the committee; to the consulting firm of Isaacson, Miller for expert guidance and assistance; and to the University community members who provided invaluable feedback.

We look forward to welcoming Dr. Schendel to campus.

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Joe B. Whitehead Jr., Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Updated: 04/15/2022 10:24AM