Wisconsin Administrator, Professor to Become Columbus State Dean

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — Dennis Rome has accepted an offer from Columbus State University to become the next dean of CSU’s College of Letters and Sciences, effective July 1.

Rome, associate provost and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis., said he looks forward to the move and helping CSU continue to implement the six-year strategic plan adopted last year.

“I think it’s exciting and offers a number of opportunities for moving the college forward,” Rome said. “I plan to work very closely with departments and (department) chairs in implementing the new plan.”

CSU’s College of Letters and Sciences encompasses 10 departments, two centers, a shared initiative and a new premedical program. The chair of one of those departments, psychology’s Mark Schmidt, led the search committee that recommended Rome’s hiring after a national search. Rome will replace interim Dean Pat McHenry.

Rome joined UW-Parkside as professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice in 2004. As an associate provost and vice chancellor since 2009, he focused on improving student retention and creating more opportunities for faculty development. He also led efforts to create new degree and certificate programs, including alternative methods for delivering course content.

Earlier, Rome had been a tenured faculty member at Indiana University Bloomington. He’s also taught at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio; DePaul University in Chicago; and Wilmington (Ohio) College.

Rome holds three sociology degrees: his Ph.D. from Washington State University, his M.A. from Howard University and his B.S. from Bradley University in Illinois.

He is the author and co-author of several academic books. He’s also published numerous research articles and has presented more than 50 times at national and international academic conferences his research on a wide range of topics, including curriculum development, human rights and economic justice.

Rome has also served as director of the American Sociological Association’s Honors Programs since 2005. The program is designed to provide undergraduate sociology students with a rich introduction to the professional life of the discipline.

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