Rosson appointed associate dean for undergraduate studies at IST

Mary Beth Rosson, a professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has accepted the position of associate dean for Undergraduate Studies for the college.

She replaces Fred Fonseca, who stepped down from the position in order to become the director of the Center for Innovation in Online Learning, a new research center at Penn State being developed in coordination with the College of Education and the World Campus.

“Dr. Rosson is very well-qualified for this position, having spent nearly 10 years at IST, being a full professor, being active in research related to education and human computer interaction, and having served on many committees within IST,” said David Hall, dean of the College of IST.

As associate dean of Undergraduate Studies, Rosson is responsible for recruiting new students, developing and revising the undergraduate curriculum, overseeing student advising, leading student placement for internships and jobs and representing IST in the Penn State committee for undergraduate education.

“Under the guidance of Dean Hall and former Associate Dean Fonseca, IST has clarified and strengthened its programs for undergraduate education,” Rosson said. “We now have strong and measurable learning objectives for core pieces of our curriculum, a constructive and forward-looking interaction with the other campuses who offer IST programs, and a well-articulated and demanding technical core to our majors in IST and SRA,” Rosson said.

“I am delighted to join the leadership team in this arena and hope to leverage my own research interests in computing-related educational research.”

Under her leadership, Rosson said, the Undergraduate Studies office will have an increased focus on recruiting and outreach efforts.

“Now that we have clarified and strengthened many aspects of undergraduate study in IST, we are ready to expand our student population,” she said. “We'll be addressing this issue at all levels, including outreach to students in middle and high schools, increased alumni involvement, advising activities customized to uncommitted students in their first two years of study at Penn State, and transfer students from other campuses as well as junior colleges in the region.”

In addition to her new position as associate dean, Rosson will take on the role of graduate student advisor, replacing Madhu Reddy. Her role is to act as a general advisor for all of the graduate students. She was previously the director of Graduate Programs, a role that will now be assumed by Reddy.

In addition to her roles within the College of IST, Rosson is an affiliate professor of instructional systems in the College of Education. With John Carroll, she co-directs the Laboratory for Computer-Supported Collaboration and Learning (CSCL).  She is also a founding member of Penn State’s Center for Human-Computer Interaction, a University-wide consortium of researchers and educators pursuing topics in HCI.

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Last Updated July 19, 2012