Pam Kiser, Watts-Thompson Professor in the Department of Human Services, has accepted the position of Interim Dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, and will start her new role with the university on June 1.
Kiser has been a member of the Elon faculty since 1981 and received the Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007. She has served as the Kernodle Center Service-Learning Faculty Development Fellow, as Faculty Scholar in the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and has served in numerous other important capacities, including many years as department chair and as chair of the service-learning faculty advisory committee.
She provided leadership to create a standard definition for service-learning at Elon; developed a service-learning faculty handbook; raised funds to support faculty scholars and course development; and guided the creation of the Social Entrepreneurship Scholars program. Her scholarship focuses primarily on experiential learning, internships, and service-learning.
Kiser recently received the 2009 Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award from North Carolina Campus Compact for her dedication to the practice of service-learning in higher education. She will join the Elon College team of Nancy Harris, RaDonna Smith, Carolynn Whitley, Tim Peeples and Maurice Levesque.
A national search will take place to fill the dean’s position in Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences. Steven House, the current dean, was appointed earlier this year to be the next Elon University provost.