Dr. Carolyn Dirksen, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lee University, was recently named to the Appalachian College Association Dean's Council.
The ACA Deans' Council is made of the chief academic officers, or their representatives, of all the member institutions of the Appalachian College Association. These 33 deans meet twice yearly to hear reviews of ACA activity, share ideas and problems, discuss collaborative opportunities, and plan for further strengthening the connections among the colleges and universities that are part of the ACA.
For the 2002-2003 academic year, Dr. Dirksen will be the Chair of the Deans' Council. The two meetings she will lead are in November and June.
The June 2003 meeting, in which the presidents of ACA schools will attend, will be hosted by Lee University.
Dr. Dirksen has been teaching at Lee since 1968, and has long been a well-loved colleague and respected advisor and mentor. She received the Lee Excellence in Teaching Award in 1972 and the Lee Excellence in Scholarship Award in 1992. She also served for twelve years as Chair of the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages. Her teaching career has included being a supervisor of Lee's Semester in Europe, Cambridge, a one-year visiting professorship at Henan University in China, and a recent summer at the Russian-American Christian University in Moscow. Dr. Dirksen's family includes her husband, Murl Dirksen, also a member of the Lee faculty, and a daughter, Sara.
The Appalachian College Association is an organization of 33 value-centered, independent liberal arts colleges and universities committed, individually and collectively, to enhancing opportunities for higher education and the quality of learning in the Appalachian region of Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
The organization is a vigorous provider of human, financial and information services to its members who share a commitment to student enrichment, community service and regional advancement. Dr. Alice Brown serves as president of the Appalachian College Association, headquartered in Berea, Ky.
The member colleges and universities of the Appalachian College Association bring together the knowledge and skills of a combined faculty of more than 3,000 scholars; serve a total of more than 36,000 students-equivalent in size to the population of a medium-sized public university; and educate students from across the United States and from several dozen foreign countries, but concentrate their services on the Appalachian region, with the bulk of their students-more than 25,000-from the Central Appalachian counties.
Member institutions include: (Kentucky) Alice Lloyd College, Berea College, Campbellsville University, Cumberland College, Kentucky Christian College, Lindsey Wilson College, Pikeville College and Union College; (North Carolina) Lees-McRae College, Mars Hill College, Montreat College and Warren Wilson College; (Tennessee) Bryan College, Carson-Newman College, King College, Lee University, Lincoln Memorial University, Maryville College, Milligan College, Tennessee Wesleyan College, Tusculum College and University of the South; (Virginia) Bluefield College, Emory & Henry College, Ferrum College and Virginia Intermont College; (West Virginia) Alderson-Broaddus College, Bethany College, Davis & Elkins College, Ohio Valley College, University of Charleston, West Virginia Wesleyan College and Wheeling Jesuit University.