The College of Arts and Sciences has announced some major leadership and departmental changes for the upcoming school year. For 2019-20, several faculty members have been promoted to serve as department chairs:
Department of Psychology – Dr. Antoinette Miller
Department of Biology – Dr. Paul Melvin
Department of Social Sciences – Dr. Joshua Meddaugh
The College has also hired Dr. Terrence Johnson, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Music at Houston Baptist University, as the new chair of the Visual and Performing Arts.
Dr. Johnson has an outstanding record as a faculty member in higher education, with extensive performance experience and national prominence in the field of choral music. A minister of music in various churches in Alabama, he was the founder and music director of the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra and served as a Conductor-in-Residence and Associate Conductor for Mid-America Productions in New York City, with regular conducting engagements in Carnegie Hall.
Equally prominently, he has served as the national chair for Music and Worship and for Lifelong Singing with the American Choral Directors Association. Dr. Johnson takes over for Dr. Joe Johnson, professor of World Languages, who has served as interim for the last year.
The College has also named Dr. Michelle Furlong, professor of biology and current chair of the biology department, the new assistant dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. As a 19-year veteran of Clayton State she has held a variety of leadership positions, including chairing the Department of Natural Sciences, the Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry & Physics.
Additionally, she has served as a chair of some important campus committees, such as the Special Course and Academic Program Fees Committee, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) Georgia Consortium Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee on Developing Target External Grant Support.
She will take over for Dr. John Campbell, current associate dean and professor of physics, who will be retiring after serving at Clayton State University since 1996.
“One of the signs of a healthy organization is the opportunity for advancement and leadership. Colleges need strong and effective leaders to help maintain a vibrant and cohesive culture and keep the organization running strong despite various changes along the way,” Dr. Nasser Momayezi, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences said. “While we support our colleagues who have decided to pursue other endeavors, and celebrate their many accomplishments, we are excited about how new leadership coming on board will help to advance our mission and vision to empower students to pursue their academic dreams.”
In addition to new leadership, the College of Arts and Sciences has announced that the department of teacher education will be renamed the School of Education. Offering undergraduate programs in Elementary (new this Fall), Middle Grades, and Secondary Education, and a Master of Arts in Teaching, the School will be led by Dr. Dennis Attick, who currently serves as Department Chair. As the inaugural Assistant Dean for Education, Dr. Attick will continue to report to the Dean of Arts & Sciences.