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Building a leadership culture on campus

Posted on February 22, 2017

“Although it is true that some people are born with greater natural gifts than others, the ability to lead is really a collection of skills, nearly all of which can be learned and improved.” ~ John Maxwell

As part of the university’s effort to invest in the people who make MSUM a great place to work, John Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is gaining steam on campus.

The program grew out of the campus climate survey, which identified the desire to increase empowerment and connection. Charged with the task of identifying a leadership development opportunity to do that were Dean Marsha Weber, Dean Randy Cagle, former Dean Tim Borchers, CIO Dan Heckaman, Interim Dean Denise Gorsline and AD Doug Peters. They reviewed several leadership development-training models, but chose Maxwell’s 21 Laws. Maxwell’s life work is focused on leadership, and he’s written more than 50 books on the topic.

“We chose Maxell because his biggest theme is the critique of positional leadership. For Maxwell, leadership is influence, no matter what position you are in. It seemed like a good model for MSUM to adopt,” said Randy Cagle, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Read the rest of this entry →

HLC Visit April 23-25, 2017

Posted on September 21, 2016

The University has an important visit from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) scheduled for April 23-25, 2017. This is to reaffirm our accreditation status. The HLC Steering Committee—a University Committee with appointments from bargaining units and administration—has been working for over a year to prepare for this visit.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Randy Cagle to serve as Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Posted on May 29, 2014

Official announcement sent by Dr. Anne Blackhurst:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Randy Cagle has agreed to serve as Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, effective July 1, 2014.

Dr. Cagle earned his Ph.D. from the University of Memphis.  He joined the faculty in the MSUM Philosophy Department in 2003 after teaching for two years at Humboldt State University and one year at Northern Illinois University.  He was promoted to professor in 2012 and served as Chair of the Philosophy Department during the 2012-2013 academic year.  He is currently interim dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Read the rest of this entry →

Open Forum Schedule for Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Candidates

Posted on May 02, 2014

Three finalists for the position of Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will be holding open forums next week for the MSUM community. The forums are an opportunity to learn more about each finalist and to provide your feedback to the search committee.  All members of the MSUM community are invited to attend. The dean will provide academic leadership and coordination for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and will serve on the President’s Cabinet, the Academic Affairs Council, and other University committees as needed. Read the rest of this entry →

Itasca project aims to assure work relevance in curriculum across campus

Posted on February 27, 2014

As part of an initiative by MnSCU, MSU Moorhead will be one of 20 two- and four-year schools in the state of Minnesota participating in an employer-led civic alliance called the Itasca Project, a plan aimed at meeting workforce needs. While participating in this project, MSUM will use two software programs, WANTED Analytics and EMSI, to view regional and statewide statistics on top occupations, employers and desired skill sets.

Dean of the College of Business & Innovation Marsha Weber will lead an on-campus committee through this endeavor. The group will identify external stakeholders to participate in the process and provide input on the data and how MSUM incorporates the information into its planning processes. Read the rest of this entry →

Academic Office Changes

Posted on June 07, 2013

The Graduate Studies Office has been relocated to Lommen 107.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the office of Interim Dean Randy Cagle, are located in Flora Frick 153.

Interview schedule for Interim Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences

Posted on May 10, 2013

Three finalists for the position of Interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are scheduled to hold open forums for the MSUM community. The forums are scheduled for May 9, 10, and 13 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 Interim Dean will provide academic leadership and coordination for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and will serve on the President’s Cabinet, the Academic Affairs Council, and other University committees as needed. Read the rest of this entry →

Interview schedule for Interim Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences

Posted on May 08, 2013

Three finalists for the position of Interim Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences are scheduled to hold open forums for the MSUM community. The forums are scheduled for May 9, 10, and 13 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 Interim Dean will provide academic leadership and coordination for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and will serve on the President’s Cabinet, the Academic Affairs Council, and other University committees as needed. Read the rest of this entry →

2011 Excellence Award Recipients

Posted on May 13, 2011

Excellence in Service to Students:

  • Yvonne Johnson, Director of Academic Intervention
  • Greg Toutges, Director of Career & Disability Services and Director of Academic Resource Office.

Excellence in Service to First Year Students:

Veronica Michael, Director of First Year Programs.

Excellence in Service to the University:

  • Curt Erber, Information Technology
  • Dr. Randy Cagle, Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Kirsti Fleming, Comstock Memorial Union
  • Chad Kraft, Information Technology
  • Sara Hartwig, Assistant Director of Financial Aid

Excellence in Teaching:

Dr. Konrad Czynski, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Excellence in Research/Creative Activity:

Dr. Ernest “Willie” Hallford, Professor of Psychology

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