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Friday, September 1, 2006

Dr. Beverly King accepted into UNCP’s Administrative Fellows Program for 2006-07

Dr. Beverly King, a faculty member in the Psychology and Counseling Department at UNC Pembroke, will serve as an Administrative Fellow in the Office for Academic Affairs for 2006-07.

Beverly KingAn associate professor, Dr. King will work in academic administration. The Administrative Fellowship at UNCP is two-part. Phase one requires 25 hours of consultative work with UNCP and UNC administration, and phase two would explore the administrative process and may focus on a specific or general issue.

She will define her mission during the fall semester, and in the spring semester, Dr. King will be released from half her teaching duties to pursue the fellowship.  Tentatively, she will be working this year in the areas of institutional and programmatic assessment. Dr. King said higher education administration is a long-time interest for her. 

She will report to Dr. Charles Harrington, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

“I am looking forward to working very closely with Dr. King during the coming academic year,” Dr. Harrington said. “Her proven leadership in the classroom, service to the institution, commitment to professional development and interest in academic administration were keys to her selection for this fellowship.

“Dr. King’s expertise in institutional and program assessment will be of tremendous benefit to the campus,” he said. “With our work in student learning outcomes assessment in general education and our planning work with the upcoming SACS accreditation self-study, the timing for her work could not be better.”

Dr. King, who is an elected member of UNCP’s Faculty Senate and a member of its General Education Subcommittee, said she enjoys a challenge.

“I’m intensely interested in personal and faculty development,” she said. “I try to be well-rounded in the three key areas of teaching, research and service.”

A Tennessee native, Dr. King came to UNCP in 2003 from South Dakota State University (SDSU), where she was a tenured associate professor.

“Like UNCP, South Dakota State is known as a teaching university, and teaching is my first love,” she said.

Dr. King is an active member of UNCP’s Speaker’s Bureau. She speaks across the state (including a stop at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine) on issues related to cross-cultural child development.

“This is a popular issue, and the speaking engagements have snowballed,” she said.  Four presentations on the topic are scheduled for this fall alone.

Dr. King has a broad record of work in departmental, university and community service. She was a member of many committees at SDSU, including the Task Force on Diversity. She was faculty advisor to the Psychology Club and member of several professional associations. She is currently a UNC representative to the Psychology Editorial Board of MERLOT, a project that works with technology in higher education.

Dr. King also won several awards, including a Special Recognition Award for service from UNCP. At SDSU, she won a statewide award for “Best Internet-Assisted Course,” a university award for outstanding contributions to first-year students and a national award for “Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology” at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning.

Active in pursuing grants, Dr. King was awarded several research and development grants at UNCP. Among other grants, she was awarded a governor’s grant from South Dakota to develop an Internet course on “Research Methods in Psychology,” and a National Science Foundation grant to develop an American Indian child development center.

An active scholar, Dr. King received her Ph.D. from Purdue University in developmental psychology and a Master of Arts degree in general psychology from East Tennessee State University. She graduated magna cum laude from Concord College in Athens, W.Va. after beginning her undergraduate education at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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