Three finalists for the position of Dean of University College are scheduled to hold open forums for the MSUM community. The forums are scheduled for May 6 and May 7 and all members of the MSUM community are invited to attend. These forums are an opportunity to learn more about the finalists and to submit comments on their qualifications to the search committee. The Dean of University College will play a key role in leading the following: Corrick Center, Dragon Core and its assessment, Writing Intensive Program, First Year Seminar, Learning Communities, Honors, Academic Programs for Undecided Students, University Studies, Personal Development courses, and Service Learning.  The Dean is responsible for planning, developing, coordinating, and implementing those programs in order to ensure student success.  Leadership in this area involves working collaboratively with all academic departments and programs, enrollment management and, as appropriate, Student Affairs. The Dean is administrative supervisor of the Corrick Center and the Academic Resource Office (ARO), and will serve on the President’s Cabinet, the Academic Affairs Council, APAC (nonvoting), and other University committees as needed.

Open Forum for Oscar Flores: Thursday, May 6, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., CMU 203 Oscar Flores is a tenured professor in Economics. He was chairperson of the Department of Economics from 1999-2008. From 1995-1999, Flores was a member of the Department of Multicultural Studies. Flores is currently the MSU Moorhead faculty representative on the negotiation team of the IFO/MnSCU Master Agreement. Flores earned a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1990.

Open Forum for Jarilyn Gess: Thursday, May 6, 2- 3 p.m., CMU 203

Jarilyn K. Gess is a tenured professor in the Corrick Center for General Education. She is currently the Director of the Corrick Center. Gess earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota in 1999, an M.Ed. from North Dakota State University in 1991, and an M.S. from North Dakota State University in 1990. Gess has served as Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Services (2003-2005) and as chairperson of the CEELFF Department (Counseling Education, Education Leadership, Foundations and Field Experience, 2002-2003).

Open Forum for Denise Gorsline: Friday, May 7, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., CMU 205

Denise Gorsline is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies. She is currently chairperson of the department. Gorsline earned an M.A. in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Central Michigan University in 1981 and is currently working on a Ph.D. at North Dakota State University. From 1986-2001, Gorsline was a Divisional Vice President for Distribution for Domino’s Pizza.