Athens State University has appointed Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Stephen G. Spencer, as its new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He will assume this position in January 2018. Dr. Susan Owen has been selected as the Interim Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences effective September 1, 2017.
Dr. Spencer received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree, both in English, from the University of Dayton. He then went on to earn his PhD in American Literature, Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, and Composition from the University of Cincinnati. He has a highly accomplished career in the field of education, spending 18 years at Wilmington College in southern Ohio and nine years at the University of Southern Indiana. During his time at these universities, Dr. Spencer was featured in a number of publications, delivered many academic presentations, was an active member of several committees, and taught Undergraduate courses in composition, ethnic literature of the United States, and American studies among others. He also taught Graduate courses in American literature, international studies, and literature of Oceania.
As Chair of English at the University of Southern Indiana, Dr. Spencer oversaw the implementation of a new graduate program in English, the successful national accreditation of a new program in English teaching, and the expansion of English curricula and programs. At the university-level, he served as Co-chair of the New Core Curriculum Implementation Team and Coordinator of Enrollment Management Planning.
As a result of his outstanding work, Dr. Spencer received the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education Award for Teaching Excellence in 2003 and the Wilmington College Student Government Teaching Excellence Award in 2001.
Dr. Spencer was initially drawn to Athens State because of its strong student focus. “During my visit to campus, I was impressed by the faculty and staff at Athens State. I could sense the genuine commitment to students and the campus community in every interaction.”
Joining Dr. Spencer in Athens will be his wife, Kelly, an artist and teacher, and two sons, Jackson and Camden. Dr. Spencer is looking forward to beginning a new chapter of his life and career at Athens State, saying, “I am eager to begin working with students, faculty, and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences to support their continued development and success.”
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Spencer to the Athens State University family,” says Dr. Joe Delap, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We feel his extensive background in higher learning combined with his excellent leadership skills will be a great asset to faculty, students, and the community at large.”
Dr. Owen, currently serving as interim dean, has taught Psychology for a number of years at the University and currently serves as Department Chair for the Behavioral Sciences Department. During her tenure at the University, she has been an active participant in a number of critical committees and is well-respected among her colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences and beyond.