The Board of Trustees last week took a number of actions affecting the University's academic programs, including appointing faculty members to endowed chairs, creating a Department of Extension, and creating a new Center for Behavioral Education and Research within the Neag School.
John Mathieu, an applied behavioral scientist who works
on a variety of issues related to the effectiveness of management practices, was named to the Robert Cizik Chair in Manufacturing and Technology Management at the School of Business.
The Journal of Applied Psychology lists him in the top 1 percent of scholars publishing in his field.
Patricia McCoy, an expert on corporate and securities law who teaches banking and securities regulation, corporate governance, retirement security law, and consumer finance law, was named to the George J. and Helen M. England Professorship at the School of Law.
McCoy's research examines systemic risk, market failure, and consumer protection in the banking, securities, insurance, and pension industries. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association.
The trustees also voted to
create a Department of Extension within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The approval will allow faculty within the extension program, which exists because the University is
a land-grant university, to be treated the same as other tenured UConn faculty.
The extension serves about 60,000 people annually, Provost Peter J. Nicholls said.
The unit has 25 tenured and tenure-track extension educators, 16 extension educators/extension professors-in-residence, 21 program staff members, and support staff.
"Faculty and staff members in this unit, however, lack an official 'home department' and the equality of representation that the designation of a center would provide within the University," Nicholls told the trustees.
Also approved was a new Center for Behavioral Education and Research at the Neag School of Education.
The center will conduct, translate, and disseminate school-based academic and behavior research; develop demonstrations of effective instructional and behavioral programs; and prepare future personnel.
The center will also collaborate with researchers, service providers, families, and others to improve school functioning and outcomes, Nicholls said.
The trustees also designated the former College of Continuing Students the Center for Continuing Studies, and voted to rename the School of Family Studies the Department of Human Development and Family Studies within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Environmental Research Institute the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering; and the Center for Health/HIV Intervention and Prevention the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention.
In other business, the trustees voted to discontinue the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, now that the accepted degree in the field is the Pharm.D degree.
Dean Robert McCarthy said that there are no students affected by the discontinuation, since the first Pharm.D. students were accepted into the six-year program at the University in 1997.