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Wednesday, June 1, 2005

UNCP adds two academic departments

Two new academic departments will be added at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke on July 1, 2005.

The addition of departments of Geography and Geology and Social Work will bring to 16 the number of academic departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The new Social Work Department separates from the Department of
Sociology and Criminal Justice, and the new Department of Geography and Geology from the Department of Chemistry and Physics.

In the planning stages for some time, the additions will help accommodate a growing University enrollment, said Dr. Thomas J. Leach, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Thomas Leach

Thomas Leach

“Overall enrollment growth and the growing number of majors offered in the College of Arts and Sciences played a role,” Dr. Leach said. “In the case of the disciplines of social work, sociology and criminal justice, these are very different programs that have different needs.”

For example, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accrediting body, sets out precise curricula, Dr. Leach said. The stand-alone departments also give clearer identity to their programs.

“This gives both programs clear visibility and identity in the catalog and on the Web site,” he said. “Administratively, they will be better supported. Our faculty favored the creation of new departments as more efficient for our students.”

Sherry Edwards

Sherry Edwards

Dr. Sherry Edwards will chair the new Department of Social Work, which had 95 majors in the 2004 fall semester. Dr. Edwards coordinated the social work program and is interim chair for the larger department in 2004-05.

“The social work faculty at UNCP is very excited about the creation of the Social Work Department, Dr. Edwards said. “The Social Work Program, which received its initial accreditation in 1987, graduates the most BSW’s of any program in the state. Department status will help us to continue our growth and service to the community.”

Martin Farley

Martin Farley

Dr. Martin Farley, a geology professor, will serve as chair of the Department of Geography and Geology.

“Our faculty are pleased that the earth sciences are recognized as independent,” Dr. Farley said. “With departmental status, we will be able to contribute more effectively to the broader science curriculum and science education at UNCP.

“I am honored to have been elected to serve as the chair,” he said.

To contact the Department of Social Work, please call 910.521.6778 or email socialwork@uncp.edu. To contact the Department of Geography and Geology, please call 910.521.6247 or email geo@uncp.edu.

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