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March 19, 2003   
Reference: 02/03: 69    

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Susan D. Gotsch Named Dean of Faculty at Whittier College

Susan D. Gotsch has been named dean of faculty at Whittier College. The announcement was made by Katherine Haley Will, president of Whittier College.

Gotsch is coming to Whittier from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, where she is currently on sabbatical leave this semester after serving as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty since 1994. She is also a professor of sociology.

“When we began to search for a new dean of faculty, the search committee was charged with finding a seasoned leader who could provide guidance as we implement our strategic plan by building on Whittier’s traditions and strengths,” said Will. “Susan’s successes at Hartwick show her to be such a leader.”

Gotsch’s accomplishments at Hartwick College include hiring a more diverse faculty and completing a new interdisciplinary science center, which also entailed developing innovative approaches to teaching the sciences. She has worked to strengthen the faculty’s commitment to student-faculty research, community-based learning and the use of technology as a pedagogical tool. In addition, Gotsch has provided leadership with Hartwick’s planning committee to examine the college’s resource allocations and recommend actions to bring the revenue/expense equation into balance.

Gotsch has been active in the higher education community. Presentations she has made at professional conferences include “The Dean in Transition,” at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the American Conference of Academic Deans; “Leading Academic Change from the Provost’s Perspective,” at the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education; and “Recruiting and Retaining Faculty for the 21st Century,” at the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Active in the field of sociology as well, Gotsch’s work includes “The Integration of Gender into the Teaching of Classical Social Theory: Help from The Handmaid’s Tale,” published in the journal Teaching Sociology; “Ideology and Welfare Reform under the Reagan Administration,” a chapter in Poverty and Social Welfare in the U.S.: Current Research Perspectives; and “Correlates of Poverty: An Analysis of Demographic, Structural, and Individual Factors Related to Poverty in Black-Belt Counties of Alabama,” in the Review of Black Political Economy.

Before her appointment at Hartwick, Gotsch was at Arcadia University, where she served as associate dean of the college from 1989 to 1991, with additional responsibilities as dean of continuing education from 1991 to 1993. Prior to that, Gotsch worked in administration and taught at Rowan University. From 1980 to 1988 she was assistant professor of sociology and associate professor from 1988 to 1989. In addition, from 1987 to 1989 she was general education coordinator. Gotsch began her career in higher education in 1977 as an assistant professor of sociology at Tuskegee University. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Bryn Mawr College. She also holds an M.A. in political science from East Stroudsburg State University and a B.A. in history from Valparaiso University.

In announcing the appointment of Gotsch, Will praised the diligent work of the search committee, chaired by Greg Woirol, professor of economics. “The appointment of such a well-qualified leader is possible only because the search committee worked so energetically and effectively in seeking strong candidates and in attracting the very best of them,” noted Will. The committee had representation from across the academic disciplines, from student life and from Whittier College’s Board of Trustees.

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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