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Professor of English Mary Theresa Hall appointed associate academic dean


Professor of English Mary Theresa Hall appointed associate academic dean

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Professor of English Mary Theresa Hall, Ph.D., has been appointed as associate academic dean after 17 years of service to Thiel College.

Her responsibilities—effective Aug. 1—will include collaboration with Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Lynn Franken, Ph.D.; development of affiliation agreements; assessment oversight of academic departments; student academic issues; new student registration and orientation; serving as liaison to the Office of Admission; new faculty mentoring; and oversight of the Thiel Forums and the Student-of-the-Month program.

 “Mary Theresa Hall has been a superb Thiel teacher/scholar since her arrival here in 1999,” Franken said. “In recent years, she has been elected to the most prominent leadership roles on campus and has distinguished herself in each. It will be invigorating to have her with us in the Office of Academic Affairs. We are all looking forward to a wonderful new year of challenge and accomplishment.”

A native of Pittsburgh, Hall received a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary certification in English and French from Seton Hill University, a master’s degree in literature from Carnegie Mellon University, and a doctorate from Duquesne University. She served previously as faculty chair of Thiel College.

In 2002, Hall was chosen as the College’s Distinguished Faculty Scholar; in 2003, as the Professor of the Year. In 2006, she received the Distinguished Faculty Service Award; and in 2013, the Distinguished Teacher Award. Her work has been published in academic journals and presented at academic conferences.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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