PSU Names David Zehr Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies

December 22nd, 2008 by Adam

A longtime educator and administrator at Plymouth State University has been chosen Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies. David Zehr has served as Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies since 2006. As Dean, he has promoted student-friendly, student-centered policies and been a strong advocate for students in matters of advising and curriculum. University Provost Dr. Julie Bernier said Zehr’s experience and expertise in working with students, faculty and staff make him an excellent choice.

“In his time as interim Dean, Dr. Zehr has promoted several changes advocating for more student-friendly, student-centered policy. He has shown himself to be a strong leader on our campus and I am proud to add Dr. Zehr, officially, as a member of the academic affairs administrative team,” said Bernier.

The Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and works closely with faculty, students, and staff members to enhance the educational experience of undergraduate students and provide leadership for special academic initiatives. Dr. Zehr will manage the Office of Undergraduate Studies as well as oversee undergraduate academic policies and the transfer process. He will supervise the academic advising office, the College of University Studies, the Frost School for Continuing and Professional Studies, and the writing, math, and academic support centers. Other key responsibilities are the General Education Program, First Year Seminar, First Year Council, Interdisciplinary Studies Program, and the Honors Program. In addition, Dr. Zehr will observe faculty teaching for pre-tenure, tenure, and promotion reviews; mediate issues between students and faculty; coordinate new faculty orientation, faculty week, and fall convocation; and participate in Academic Affairs planning and budgeting.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Zehr has been at Plymouth State since 1985. He is a professor of Psychology and has served as Department Chair and most recently as Dean of Undergraduate Studies. In 2004, he received the PSU Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Zehr is an active member in the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and the Northeast Evolutionary Psychology Society. He is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology.

Dr. Zehr has numerous publications and presentations in the teaching of psychology and undergraduate writing development.

Dr. Zehr received his BA in Psychology from Penn State University in 1977. He earned his MA from the University of Dayton and his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Kent State University.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Bruce Lyndes