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New Dean of the College of Professional Studies named


January 23


Paul Madden, Ph.D., has been named the dean of the College of Professional Studies.

Paul Madden

Paul Madden, Ph.D., has been named the dean of the College of Professional Studies at Shawnee State University.

Madden has served Shawnee State for more than 22 years as an administrator and faculty in the Department of Teacher Education holding positions including chair, accreditation coordinator, field and clinical experiences director and director of Pre-Professional Services.

Most recently, Madden served as associate provost before filling an interim appointment as dean of the College of Professional Studies.

He earned his doctorate and master’s degrees from Ohio University and a baccalaureate degree from the University of Dayton.

He has seen Shawnee State go through many changes over the years.

“We have grown to serve not only our region but also students who come from different states and even other countries,” Madden said. “A greater focus on the quality of education and the pursuit of national accreditation are two big changes I’ve seen over the years. Our strong reputation and national accreditation allow our graduates to go anywhere to pursue their goals. This is especially important for graduates of the College of Professional Studies.”

The college is strengthening relationships with partners in health care, business, industry, and education, working on internship opportunities and workforce development programs.

Madden sees Shawnee as a university with a special mission.

“I see Shawnee State as an institution that truly makes a difference in the lives of students,” he said. “We have many first generation students who earn their degrees here. They not only achieve success for themselves but they also set an example for their families and friends.”

In order to help students achieve their goals, Dr. Madden is heading up a new program to help students better plan, schedule, and monitor their degree programs with advisors.

The Academic Planner program is being piloted in the College of Professional Studies and will be taken university-wide for fall semester next year.

“We really want to work with students to make sure they are on the right track,” he said. “This program will change the student experience in a positive way.”


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