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Garner Dewey to become associate dean at Appalachian

garnerdewey_t.jpgBOONE—Dr. Garner Dewey has been named associate dean for Appalachian State University’s  College of Fine and Applied Arts effective Jan. 1, 2010.

Dewey is an associate professor in the Department of Technology. He will succeed Dr. Nina-Jo Moore, a professor of communication, who has served as the college’s associate dean since 2003 and who will return to full-time teaching in the Department of Communication in the spring.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Dewey join the dean’s office,” Dr. Glenda Treadaway, dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, said. “He has a wealth of experience in international programs and an excellent rapport with students. He will be a great asset to the college.”

“I also would like to thank Dr. Moore for her service and dedication to the college for the past six years,” Treadaway said.

In his role as associate dean, Dewey will oversee student records, coordinate the college’s scholarship program, maintain contact with college alumni, organize college functions and increase international programs in the college.

“I am grateful and excited to accept the position of associate dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts,” Dewey said. “I look forward to working with the qualified personnel in serving our students. By striving to expand the international focus of our college, I hope to increase the value and meaning of student, faculty and staff educational experiences here at Appalachian.”

Dewey joined the Appalachian faculty in 2003 in the undergraduate industrial design program and graduate industrial technology program in the Department of Technology. Previously, he taught high school and middle school students and in a high school equivalency program tutoring migrant workers preparing the GED test. He was a professional educator faculty member for the National Training Institute at the University of Tennessee and University of Michigan.

The international travel liaison for the Department of Technology since 2008, Dewey has traveled with university delegations to Costa Rica to explore opportunities for a general education course for incoming freshmen, to visit Costa Rican institutions with which Appalachian has agreements and to explore other international opportunities.

He initiated and developed an official exchange agreement between Appalachian and Universidad Veritas in Costa Rica and has organized and participated in several international community service trips.

Dewey also has been successful in obtaining grant funding and donations to the university and the Department of Technology. Since 2004 he has assisted in bringing in more than $70,000 in funds and software.

Dewey has been very involved in service and leadership activities at Appalachian. He is a member of the Department of Technology Personnel Committee, the Chancellor’s Task Force on Diversity for Appalachian, the International Studies Council, and is a member and chairperson for the Faculty Development Committee in the Department of Technology.

He is the developer and webmaster of the Council on Technology Teacher Education, a member of the review panel for new international summer course proposals, chaired the faculty search committee for a building science faculty position and served as a member of the Department of Technology chair search committee.

Dewey holds a Ph.D. in occupational studies with a minor in instructional technology and interdisciplinary qualitative studies graduate certificate from the University of Georgia. He received a master of science degree in technology education and a bachelor of science in industrial education with a concentration in technology education from the University of Tennessee.

The College of Fine and Applied Arts is currently comprised of eight departments: art; communication; family and consumer sciences; health, leisure and exercise science; military science and leadership; nursing; technology; and theatre and dance. It has more than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate majors, 150 faculty and staff, and 10,000 alumni from around the world.