Trustees approve majors, promotions

June 4, 2014

Bryan trustees approved three new majors and eight faculty promotions during their recent meeting.

Beginning this fall, students attending classes on the Dayton campus will be able to select a major in criminal justice or creative writing along with the existing 18 other majors. The third new major, applied psychology, will be offered to students in the School of Adult and Graduate Studies. Applied psychology will be a major in the degree completion program, together with the present major in Business Administration.

Academic Vice President Dr. Bradford Sample said the college adds majors “that we think students have an interest in or that meet new interests by society as a whole. The major in creative writing is one that has been requested by students in the past, whereas the majors in criminal justice and applied psychology are due to trying to meet local or national needs and student interest.”

Dr. Steve Bradshaw, head of the psychology department, said the applied psychology program was developed in response to requests from students interested in the degree completion program who wanted something beside a business degree. He said the new program would be particularly beneficial to human resource professionals or others in fields requiring significant personal-relations skills.

The criminal justice major will approach the subject from a legal rather than the technical angle most other programs take, according to Dr. Kevin Clauson, head of the criminal justice program. “Students will be introduced to criminal and constitutional law and public administration rather than extensive courses on law enforcement methods and procedures,” he said.

Creative writing, a new major under the supervision of the English department, will include a review of the literary canon as well as instruction in the craft of writing works that stand on their own. Dr. Raymond Legg, English department head, said the major will offer courses focusing on writing a variety of genres, such as poetry, short stories, drama, and perhaps screenplays. Creating the major came about as professors learned of continuing interest from current and prospective students, and from the number of students who have chosen the creative option for their senior theses.

In addition to the new programs, trustees approved the following faculty promotions:

  • To professor: Dr. Jud Davis, Dr. Scott Jones, Dr. Dwight Page, Dr. Travis Ricketts, and Dr. Kenneth Turner.
  • To associate professor: Dr. Adina Scruggs.
  • To assistant professor: David Perron and Pamela Hollis.

Dr. Sample explained that faculty promotions are awarded based on achievement in teaching, scholarship, service, and time at their previous rank.