With great pleasure, I am happy to extend a warm Trinity, “Welcome!” to more than 600 new students, faculty and staff joining the Trinity community for the Fall 2014 semester, and a hearty, “Welcome back!” to all returning students, faculty and staff. 2014-2015 promises to be an amazing year for Trinity — already we can see tangible signs of change and growth, and so much more is on the agenda for our campus community.
We have many new faculty and staff joining our community, and new responsibilities for continuing faculty and staff, so in this message I summarize these changes, and please join me in welcoming and congratulating our colleagues:
- Interim Provost Dr. Carlota Ocampo
Dr. Ginger Broaddus, who had been Trinity’s Provost (chief academic officer) for the last five years, moved to Denver with her family in late July. We all miss Dr. Broaddus and wish her well out there in the Rocky Mountains! We are fortunate that our very talented colleague Dr. Carlota Ocampo, Associate Provost and Associate Professor of Psychology, agreed to step in as the Interim Provost for the fall semester. Dr. Ocampo is also co-chairing our Middle States Self-Study so she is very busy, and yet always ready to speak with students and provide helpful insights for colleagues. Please join me in thanking Dr. Ocampo for taking on this important additional role!
- Dr. Pamela Barnett, new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
We are so fortunate to have a remarkable new leader for the College of Arts and Sciences this fall. Dr. Pamela Barnett joins Trinity as the new CAS Dean from her work at Temple University where she was Associate Vice Provost and Director of the Teaching and Learning Center since 2007. She has also served on the graduate faculty for Psychological, Organizational and Leadership Studies in Education at Temple. Prior to her work at Temple, Dr. Barnett was the Associate Director of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton, as well as a lecturer in English which is her primary academic field. Before heading to Princeton, she was a tenured associate professor of English and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina, and she also had teaching experience at American University and Emory University where she earned her Ph.D. in English. Perhaps equally important for Trinity’s CAS dean, Dr. Barnett is a cum laude graduate of one of the nation’s most distinguished women’s colleges, Barnard College in New York. Please join me in welcoming Dean Barnett to Trinity!
- WELCOME to New Faculty and New Administrative Appointments! In the College of Arts and Sciences:
- Dr. Rewa Burnham is now Assistant Professor of English! A 2005 magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity in English and Public Affairs, Dr. Burnham joined Trinity’s teaching staff as an instructor in writing and critical reading two years ago. She earned her doctorate at the University of Maryland this past spring. Dr. Burnham was an amazing student leader and student government president during her student days here, and I am thrilled that she accepted Trinity’s offer to return to alma mater on the tenure-track faculty. Welcome, Dr. Burnham!
- Dr. Noel Voltz has joined Trinity’s History faculty from Ohio State University where she has earned her baccalaureate, masters and doctorate in African American History. As an instructor at Ohio State she taught a robust range of courses in American History and African American History. Welcome, Dr. Voltz!
- Ms. Dowan McNair-Lee, yet another outstanding Trinity alumna, joins the CAS team as a reading specialist this fall. Ms. McNair-Lee earned her master’s degree at Trinity in 2007, and just last year she received the very prestigious Rubenstein Award for her work at the Stuart-Hobson Museum Middle School Campus. Welcome back to Trinity!
In the School of Nursing and Health Professions:
- Dr. Denise Pope is Trinity’s new Chief Nursing Officer. Dr. Pope takes over the leadership of Trinity’s Nursing Program with strong prior experience with the University of Phoenix, Coppin State University and the D.C. Department of Health. She earned her BSN at Hampton, MSN at Catholic University, and Ph.D. in Nursing Administration and Health Policy at George Mason University. Welcome!
- Dr. Kristen Maisano joined Trinity earlier in the summer as the new Director of the Occupational Therapy Program. Dr. Maisano comes to Trinity with experience as an Occupational Therapist with the Department of Defense and INNOVA Alexandria Hospital. She earned her B.S. and M.S. at College Misericordia, and O.T.D. at Boston University. Welcome!
- Ms. Jennifer Dahlman, Assistant Professor of Nursing, has taken on the additional title of Assistant Dean for Nursing with responsibility for the Conway Scholars Program.
- Ms. Danielle Artis, Assistant Professor of Nursing, has taken the title of Assistant Dean for Nursing with responsibility for the NCLEX preparation program.
- Ms. Jane Brophy who has been an adjunct faculty member joins the full-time faculty in Nursing.
In the School of Business and Graduate Studies:
- Dr. Peggy Lewis — another amazing Trinity alumna, Class of ’77 — who has been here at Trinity as Program Director for Communication and Media Studies in the School of Professional Studies now becomes Associate Dean of the School of Business and Graduate Studies.
- Ms. Jeannette Frett joined Trinity last spring as Dean of the School of Business and Graduate Studies, a new unit that grew out of the School of Professional Studies. With strong experience at Howard University and Georgetown School of Business, Dean Frett will lead the effort to develop and expand our graduate programs.
In the School of Professional Studies:
- Ms. Beverly Lucas, who has been a writing instructor with the School of Professional Studies, is now director of Trinity’s program at THEARC, succeeding Ms. Candice Washington who departed over the summer. We are grateful to Ms. Washington for her years of service in building our program at THEARC and grateful to Ms. Lucas for taking on the leadership challenge.
In the School of Education:
- Dr. Bweikia Steen, Assistant Professor of Education, has taken on the role of Coordinator of Early Childhood Education.
- Dr. Luane Oprea joins the Counseling Faculty as Assistant Professor of Counseling.
In the Provost’s Office:
- Ms. Sarah Wilson, who has been the Director of Academic Administration, becomes Assistant Provost.