Emily Donnelli-Sallee appointed dean of Park University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Parkville, Mo.—May 9, 2014 — Emily Donnelli-Sallee, Ph.D., has been appointed dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Park University after serving as interim dean since July 2013. Donnelli-Sallee’s appointment took effect May 1.

Donnelli-Sallee joined Park University in 2004, first as the coordinator for online course development in the School for Online Learning and then as assistant professor of English in 2005. She helped found the University’s first teaching center, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the University’s first peer-reviewed academic journal, InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching. In addition, Donnelli-Sallee has served as program coordinator for First-Year Writing and chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages. She was awarded the Park University Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in 2011. The award pays tribute to a faculty member who shows evidence of commitment to high standards of excellence in the area of scholarship: teaching, discovery, integration and/or service.

As dean of CLAS, Donnelli-Sallee oversees three schools, including the School of Arts and Humanities, the School of Natural and Applied Sciences and the School of Social Sciences. In addition, she supervises 12 direct reporting departments, two centers, the Honors Academy, 86 full-time faculty and 637 adjunct faculty. The College delivers 33 baccalaureate degrees and one master’s degree program. Some of her responsibilities include: supporting the CLAS department chairs and associate deans in their daily work with faculty and students; facilitating program research, development and assessment; participating in faculty review and tenure processes; and writing grants.

Prior to joining Park, Donnelli-Sallee worked in the Writing Across the Curriculum program at the University of Kansas, where she earned both her master’s degree and doctorate degree in English. Her research and teaching interests include the theory and teaching of writing, the history of rhetoric, community engaged teaching and research, online learning in the humanities and faculty development.

Donnelli-Sallee’s work has appeared in the Journal of Advanced Composition, the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching and the Journal of Faculty Development. She is co-editor of the book Service-eLearning: Education for Citizenship.


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Established in 1875, Park University is a national leader in higher education and is distinguished by its innovative adult-degree completion programs. The University has 20,964 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs at 40 campuses located in 21 states and online. www.park.edu

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