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By: Laura Damron |
June 3, 2019
Ph.D., has been named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at the
University of Pikeville following a national search. She will assume her role
on July 20 and succeeds Tom Hess, Ph.D., who will be returning to the classroom
in August to pursue his passion for teaching UPIKE chemistry students.
obtained her doctoral degree in political science from the University of
California Riverside and a bachelor’s degree in political science from
California State University, Los Angeles. Her dissertation, which focused on
agricultural policies and tobacco farming in Cuba, reflects a deep interest in
social movements and democracy. Dugan has written on shifts in international
humanitarian law since September 2001 and presented her work at professional
conferences, including with student co-authors as well as local civic groups.
a passion for teaching, Dugan began a nearly 20-year career teaching courses in
international law, human rights and global issues. Serving as Chair of Global
Studies at Randolph College (formerly Randolph-Macon Women’s College) from
1997-2016, Dugan worked with colleagues, alumni, students and donors to
strengthen global and intercultural programming. A proponent of applied
learning, she led a student delegation to the National Model United Nations
conference in New York each spring, where students grappled with many of the
world’s most pressing issues, an experience she considers to be one of the
highlights of her teaching career.
for her teaching, research and mentoring, Dugan received Randolph College’s
award for bringing outstanding distinction to the college in 2008 and for
distinguished teaching in 2007. She served as an American Council on Education
Fellow from 2009 to 2010 and is a strong supporter of professional development
for faculty and staff. Dedicated to shared
governance, at Randolph College, Dugan served on a range of committees,
including the Academic Personnel Committee, the Faculty Representative
Committee and the student-run Judiciary Committee.
Dugan serves as Director of Faculty Programs at the Associated Colleges of the
South, a consortium of 16 private liberal arts colleges spanning Virginia to
Texas. Her experiences demonstrate the importance of partnerships to foster
innovation, inclusive excellence and professional networks.
is eager to help advance collaboration to enhance arts and sciences
programming, professional development and student success at UPIKE, including
through the university’s membership in the Appalachian College Association.
“I am overjoyed to be joining
the UPIKE family,” said Dugan. “The dedication of faculty in the College of
Arts and Sciences, the university leadership team and the Pikeville community
combine to make this a truly wonderful opportunity. My husband and I look
forward to making our home in Pikeville, and I couldn’t be more ready to serve
CAS and play a part in the campus community.”
UPIKE looks forward to
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Jennifer Dugan to the
UPIKE family,” said Lori Werth, Ph.D., provost. “Dr. Dugan’s experience within
the liberal arts, faculty development and her perspective on global studies
have positioned her to lead the College of Arts and Sciences at UPIKE.”
Dugan is married to John Wood (JW), an architect, and has two
adult daughters and extended family who live in southwest Virginia and North