Elizabeth Dooley, chair of West Virginia Universitys Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literary Studies in the College of Human Resources and Education, has been named associate provost for undergraduate academic affairs.

Dooley will replace Cheryl Torsney around mid-May, when she leaves for a position at Hiram College.

In her new role, Dooley will report to the provost and be responsible for the institutions undergraduate curricular and instructional initiatives. She will also work with Senior Associate Provost Russell Dean during the second phase of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers(AACRAO) record-keeping review of WVU s undergraduate degrees.

Dr. Dooley is a highly regarded faculty member whose extensive interaction with students and teachers and their relevant academic programsas well as broad administrative experiencemake her an ideal candidate for this position,interim Provost Jane Martin said.She has worked in public education and higher education for over 25 years and knows our academic programs, policies and procedures well. Additionally, the energy level and excitement she brings to her work is contagious. We are extremely fortunate to have Elizabeth as part of our team.”

I am thrilled to be joining Academic Affairs,Dooley said.I embrace the goals of 21st-century learning, while remaining committed to making WVU compatible with the academic and social needs of all students who make the University their choice for higher education.

In her new role, Dooley will lead the institutions Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Program and supervise the Undergraduate Advising Services Center, Center for Civic Engagement and Military Science and Aerospace Studies program.

She will also oversee Board of Governors program reviews and the preparation of the content of the undergraduate catalog, and lead development and implementation of student retention efforts undertaken by academic units.

Dooley has been a department chair at HR&E since 1999 and director/coordinator of the statewide Health Sciences Technology Academy, a campus-based outreach and enrichment program for underrepresented high school students, since 1994. Prior to that, she served as WVU s interim director of the Center for Black Culture and Research.

She earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education from Alderson-Broaddus College and masters and doctoral degrees from WVU in special education.

Her early career was spent as a special education teacher in Harrison County. She joined WVU in 1985 as a graduate research assistant in WVU s Learning Disabilities Clinic. She later became a lecturer in the Department of Special Education and today is a professor and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literary Studies.

Dooley is widely published in the field of special education, teacher preparation and multicultural education and has secured numerous grants for programs and training opportunities at WVU . She is also a prominent national speaker and book reviewer.