Lynda K. Hall has been appointed as Ohio Wesleyan University’s first-ever associate dean for student academic success.
In the role, Hall, a psychology professor, will work to develop, implement and enhance programs to help students successfully earn their OWU bachelor’s degrees, according to university officials.
Hall’s efforts will include building systems to identify and aid students at academic risk; directing the Student Advising, Registration and Testing (StART) program for new students; overseeing The OWU Experience (UC160) common course taken by all first-year students; and supervising the Sagan Academic Resource Center, which includes centers for academic skills, quantitative skills and disability services.
“I am enthusiastic about contributing to the efforts to support student success at Ohio Wesleyan,” said Hall, who joined the university in 1985. “Ohio Wesleyan faculty have established an excellent program for registering and advising new students, they are committed to the academic advising process, and they have developed an innovative freshman connection course, ‘The OWU Experience.’ I’m eager to build on the foundation provided by these programs.”
In her new role, Hall will report to Provost Charles L. Stinemetz, who said her enthusiastic involvement in campus initiatives makes her ideal for the role.
“Dr. Hall brings many years of experience helping Ohio Wesleyan students achieve in the classroom,” said Stinemetz, also an OWU graduate. “Her early engagement in StART and UC160 as well as her experience advising make her an ideal candidate for this position. Her work as the associate dean for student academic success will enhance the educational experience of many current and future Ohio Wesleyan students.”
In the classroom, Hall teaches courses in cognitive psychology, quantitative methods and research methods, among other topics. She specializes in metacognition, maintenance of knowledge systems, and developmental changes in mental processing speed. A cognitive psychologist, Hall also is interested in cognitive aging and behavioral statistics. Before joining the Ohio Wesleyan faculty in 1989, she served as associate director of university’s memory research laboratory.
Hall earned her bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University and both her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Notre Dame.
Information for this story was provided by Ohio Wesleyan University.