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New Dean Appointment for the School of Education and Human Services


Provost Gerard Voland is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert W. Barnett as the Dean of the School of Education and Human Services at the University of Michigan-Flint, effective July 1, 2014.  Dean Barnett has served as Interim Dean since 2011 and has demonstrated strong leadership in moving the School forward especially in the areas of accreditation, budget management, program development, and enrollment management to name a few.  He has concurrently served as Interim Chair of the Department of Social Work since 2013 as well.  

Dean Barnett earned his B.A. degree from Alma College in 1986, his M.A. degree from Central Michigan University in 1990, and his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1994.  He joined the faculty at the University of Michigan-Flint in 1994 as an assistant professor and Director of the University Writing Center, was promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in 1999, and professor in 2005.  He also served as Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences from 2005-2011.

In addition to his administrative accomplishments, Dean Barnett has published three books on issues related to General Education, Writing Center Theory and Practice, and Writing Across the Curriculum; 17 academic articles; and an original musical play.  He is the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty Achievement Award for Scholarship, Special Merit Award for Professional Development, and Special Merit Award for Service.

Dean Barnett’s portfolio is superb and we look forward to continued strength and growth under his leadership in the School of Education and Human Services.