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Terry Brown Named New CAS Dean at UW-RF

By Justine Benzen
UW-RF University Communications

MARCH 10, 2006--Terry Brown, interim dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, has been named dean of the college by Provost Virginia Coombs. Brown took on the position effective March 1.

Coombs said of Brown, "Dr. Brown has demonstrated her collaborative approach in many of the responsibilities she carried out as interim dean. She is a passionate advocate for liberal learning and an excellent representative of the college."

On being selected, Brown said she is "deeply honored to lead the college at such a dynamic time in the history of the university," and is focusing on continuing the work that she began as interim dean.

Brown was announced interim dean last April and replaced former Dean Gorden Hedahl, who now teaches theater at UW-RF.

"Terry is a person of integrity who has clearly demonstrated that she is capable of providing effective leadership for the college and for the university," says Hedahl. "I certainly look forward to continued opportunities to work with her."

Chancellor Don Betz says commented on Brown's leadership. "Terry is an accomplished and energetic educator who understands the needs of students and faculty, and who models the leadership principles that we value here. Terry will distinguish herself in this leadership position and collaborate with her CAS colleagues to continually advance teaching and learning."

Brown joined UW-RF as an assistant professor of English in 1989, and has had a number of responsibilities since joining UW-RF. Brown has chaired the search-and-screen committee for the new chancellor. She is also chair of the American Democracy Project, a nationwide program designed to promote civic engagement on college campuses. In addition, Brown was also the coordinator for the women's studies program on campus for a number of years.

Brown's previous positions at UW-RF include interim dean, assistant dean, outreach program manager and administrative intern for CAS. As associate dean of the CAS, Brown oversaw and promoted outreach activities for the college, administered to student record-keeping affairs, and represented Dean Hedahl when necessary. Brown has also served as a professor, associate professor, and assistant professor of English at UW-RF. Prior to joining the university, Brown was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Florida and at Virginia Tech.

Brown has spoken at many national and international conferences on topics such as women in literature and film, women's leadership, gender equity in the UW System, internationalizing higher education, international issues, technology in the classroom and women in the media.

Brown is co-editing "Women Writers in Context: An Anthology of Literature," contracted with Houghton Mifflin and currently in progress. Her scholarly articles have appeared in Feminist Collections, Teaching Forum and Literature Interpretation Theory.

She holds a Ph.D. in English (1989) from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and an M.A. in English (1984) and a B.A. in English (1982), both from Virginia Tech.

She is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, the American Conference of Academic Deans, the Modern Language Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English.

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