Kathleen Jagger named associate dean of the college
Biology professor Kathleen Jagger began work in her new additional role as associate dean of the college in January. The position, new not only to Jagger but also to the University, was born out of the need to provide support for the Office of the Dean of the College.
“I will provide backup for Dean Pollard so that he has more flexibility,” Jagger said. “If his day is consumed by managerial details, he doesn’t have as much time as he needs to pursue the broader initiatives that are important to Transylvania’s future.”
Jagger earned her B.A. in zoology from DePauw University, her Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and her master of public health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. She brings significant advising and leadership experience to her new role, including positions as coordinator of the health services advising program and chair of the science division, both while teaching at DePauw.
Jagger taught one course with a lab during winter term and split her time between her office in Brown Science Center and her new office in Old Morrison. “I’m still in the classroom, though very connected to the issues of the dean’s office,” she said.
The 11-month position will give Jagger more time during the summer to work on administrative duties, which include a wide range of tasks from working with the registrar’s office to striving for a more diverse faculty.
This winter term, she began immediately to handle the student side of academic affairs, primarily advising and retention. “I’ll also be putting into place a plan to more aggressively recruit students to apply for postgraduate scholarships like the Rhodes, Marshall, and Fulbright,” she said, noting that Transy had three Fulbright applications this year.
Jagger’s broader goal and main focus is to help enhance the intellectual climate of the University. As liaison between the faculty and the dean’s office, she will work on new faculty initiatives, program development, and the University 1111 academic career skills course, while continuing her work with the new faculty mentoring program.
“We’re forging new paths,” she said. “Great ideas have emerged from the faculty and the dean is supportive, but he’s only one person. Now we can turn more attention to the new ideas that arise.”
William F. Pollard, vice president and dean of the college, said he is looking forward to working with Jagger in this capacity. “This is an exciting time,” he said. “Kathleen brings an understanding of the Transy community and a fresh outlook to this new position.”