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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Dr. Martin Slann named dean of Arts and Sciences at UNCP

Dr. Martin Slann joined The University of North Carolina at Pembroke as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Martin SlannDr. Slann will lead the University’s largest academic division. He comes to the UNCP from Macon State University in Georgia, where he was associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

A political scientist with a distinguished career in higher education, Dr. Slann has assumed administrative posts with increasing responsibilities. Dr. Charles Harrington, provost and vice chancellor for the Office for Academic Affairs, said the college has a new leader with impeccable academic and administrative credentials.

 “The University is extremely fortunate to have Dr. Slann,” Dr. Harrington said.  “Martin comes to us with a wealth of experience and demonstrated success in leading and transforming academic divisions.

“Visible commitments to shared governance, transparency, and quality have been hallmarks of his career,” he continued. “I have no doubt that the College of Arts and Sciences will flourish under his leadership.”

An expert on terrorism, Dr. Slann has authored or co-authored several textbooks and books, including five editions of “Violence and Terrorism” and four editions of “Introduction to Politics: Governments and Nations in the New Millenium.”

A department chair for many years who participated in university governance on many levels, Dr. Slann has directed a large federal program, co-directed the J. Strom Thurmond Institute Seminar for Social Studies Teachers and participated in the Model United Nations program for many years.

In 2002, he became director of academic affairs and assistant to the chief executive officer at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

“First, I am a teacher, and I will continue to teach as a member of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration,” Dr. Slann said. “I enjoy teaching, research and administration. I’ve been very fortunate to have enjoyed every university where I’ve been.”

At UNCP, Dr. Slann sees a growing University with a strong foundation in teaching.

“This is a strong liberal arts campus; this is a teaching University with a strong faculty,” he said. “This is the kind of place I want to be.”

“In the future, we will continue to be a teaching University, and the faculty we recruit will have a passion for teaching and scholarship,” Dr. Slann said. “Outstanding scholarship will put UNCP’s name everywhere.”

Facilitating scholarship is a natural for Dr. Slann, who has experienced a full career that includes outstanding scholarship.

“I became interested in terrorism about 25 years ago because I could not believe people could do this,” he said. “I am convinced there is genuine evil in the world and people who are committed to acting on evil.”

His research led to five books and numerous other publications including an “Encyclopedia of Terrorism,” co-authored with long-time collaborator, Dr. Cindy Combs, a faculty member at UNC Charlotte.

Dr. Slann is a strong supporter of international education and his work with the Model United Nations underlines that ideal.

“I believe in developing the international dimension of higher education,” he said. “We have very bright students here who need to become more aware of the world.”

Dr. Slann would facilitate the development of varied study abroad programs and campus international programs. He was director of Clemson University’s Model United nations and a faculty representative to the board of directors of the Southern Regional Model United Nations, which he co-founded.

“I’d like to develop a Model United Nations program here as a spin-off of the already successful Model Arab League,” he said. “It exposes students to the mind set of other nations that they represent.”

The development of UNCP’s summer school is also a priority.

“I would like to help move the University to a 12-month enterprise,” Dr. Slann said. “I’ve seen it done and it is very attractive to many students.”

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Miami, Dr. Slann earned a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Georgia.

During his career he earned awards for faculty advising and three Awards for Faculty Excellence from Clemson. Dr. Slann participated in faculty governance as well as participating on university programs including accreditation, scholarship, grants, development, teacher education, international affairs and planning.

Dr. Slann has taught courses in international relations, comparative politics, political thought, U.S. and Russian politics, the Middle East and terrorism. He developed undergraduate and graduate courses on public policy, comparative politics and developing nations among others.

The College of Arts and Sciences may be contacted at 910.521.6198.

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