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K-State Today

August 28, 2013

Interim associate deans named in College of Human Ecology

Submitted by Jane Marshall

Dean John Buckwalter announced this week that Bronwyn Fees and Tim Musch have been named interim associate deans in the College of Human Ecology.

Fees, associate professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, will be interim associate dean for academic affairs. She will coordinate efforts related to graduation, student success, retention and other complex challenges higher education; coordinate undergraduate and graduate academic programs; develop process for evaluating the allocation of new faculty lines; and provide leadership in distance education.

"The integrity and reputation of academic programs are inseparable to the success of research and service," she said. "Our goal in the College of Human Ecology is to be a vanguard site for visionary, responsive academic programs and to be a leader nationally and internationally across and within respective disciplines."

Fees earned a doctorate in human development and family studies/child development at Iowa State University and a master's degree in vocational education and bachelor's degree in family and consumer science education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

She has taught at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Huron University in South Dakota where she was also director of institutional assessment.

This summer she worked with a collaborative service learning project, Studying Children with Learning Disabilities and Early Literacy in Tanzania with faculty in the College of Education. A current faculty senator, she has studied early childhood programs in China, Hungary and Italy and has worked extensively on assessing preschool physical activity in young children in early education environments.

Musch, professor in the department of kinesiology, will be interim associate dean for research and scholarship. He will provide leadership to enhance research and scholarly productivity within the college; develop funding competitiveness and opportunities; and coordinate undergraduate and undergraduate scholarly and research activities.

Last year he was awarded the National Arthur C. Guyton Educator of the Year Award from the American Physiological Society and the National Citation Award for research excellence from the American College of Sports Medicine where he is a fellow and a previous member of the Board of Trustees.

Musch, who has a joint appointment with the department of anatomy and physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, has secured more than $4 million in extramural funding and has published more than 170 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.

He has received the K-State Presidential Award for Undergraduate Teaching and has twice served on the Graduate Council. He is a member of the institutional animal care and use committee on campus.

The professor received bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education at the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate in exercise physiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was a postdoctoral fellow in cardiovascular physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas.

Before coming to K-State in 1993, he worked as assistant professor and then associate professor of medicine and cellular and molecular physiology at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University.

"I am confident that Dr. Fees and Dr. Musch will do an excellent job in providing leadership and supporting the staff and faculty of the college as we move towards our K-State 2025 goals," Buckwalter said.

Both interim deans will help coordinate, implement and assess K-State 2025 plan in the college.