LOCK HAVEN – LockHavenUniversity Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Donna Wilson has named Dr. Susan Rimby as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education. As founding dean of the new college, Rimby will be instrumental in creating a collaborative atmosphere for several academic disciplines.
Rimby graduated from BloomsburgUniversity in 1976 with a degree in social studies education. While teaching at GovernorMifflinHigh School, she earned a Master’s degree in history from KutztownUniversity. She then enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Pittsburgh, earning her Ph.D. in U.S. History in 1992. She was an adjunct faculty member at Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg, MillersvilleUniversity and GettysburgCollege while completing her dissertation.
Rimby has been a faculty member in the Department of History and Philosophy at ShippensburgUniversity since 1992. Her teaching assignments have included secondary teaching methods, history and women’s studies courses. During her years at Shippensburg, she also served as director of the Interdisciplinary Women Studies Minor, the chair of the History and Philosophy Department, and more recently Interim Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences.
Rimby is the author of two books, Nurses’ Questions/Women’s Questions and Mira Lloyd Dock and the Progressive Era Conservation Movement. She has also published numerous articles on both women’s history and teaching methods.
“I have deep experience in both liberal arts disciplines and education, and I believe that I can make a positive contribution at Lock Haven. During my interviews, I was favorably impressed with the dedication and professionalism of the university’s faculty, staff and administrators. I found the students to be enthusiastic and sincere,” said Rimby.
“We believe Dr. Rimby was a great choice to develop the new college, create strong synergies, build community and philanthropic support, and continue the strong academic history this institution is known for. I look forward to watching Dr. Rimby lead the new college of Liberal Arts and Education,” said Wilson.
The College of Liberal Arts and Education commences in July and will include the following academic disciplines: Anthropology, Art, Communications, Communications Media, Communication Studies, English, Secondary Education English, Foreign Languages, Geography, Health and Physical Education, History, Secondary Education Social Studies, Honors, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Studies, Alternative Education (MEd), Educational Leadership (MEd), Middle-Level Education, Music, Music Education, Philosophy, Political Science, Pre K-4, Sociology, Special Education/Disability & Community Services, Theater and Dance, and Women’s Studies.