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ISWD Alumna named interim dean of W's College of Business, Professional Studies

August 08, 2018 (Wednesday)

Marty Brock, chair of the Department of Business and professor of management information systems at Mississippi University for Women, has been named interim dean of the College of Business and Professional Studies, effective Aug. 1.

As interim dean, she will supervise three departments, including the Department of Business, the Culinary Arts Institute and Legal Studies.

She has served as chair of the business department since 2012 and as professor of management information systems since 2017. She was associate professor of MIS for three years and assistant professor for four years.

"Dr. Brock has been a catalyst in the student growth and curricular innovation that has occurred across The W's business programs. Working collaboratively with the faculty and staff, the College of Business and Professional Studies could not be in better hands, nor more ably led," said Scott Tollison, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

A resident of Caledonia, she joined The W in 2006 as instructor and director of instructional technology and became instructor and coordinator for the Center for Teaching Excellence three years later.

Brock has served the campus in numerous capacities, most recently with the Planning Institution and Effectiveness Council, Graduate Council and Council of Chairs.

Brock has provided invited presentations on a range of topics and has submitted a number of grant proposals related to enhancing student learning.

Her professional affiliations include the Mississippi Business Educators Association; Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education; and the Association for the Advancement of Computing Education.

Prior to joining The W, Brock was an Extension instructor at the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

She earned a doctorate of philosophy in instructional systems and workforce development with a minor in agricultural information science from MSU. Brock earned both her masters of science in business administration in information systems with a minor in instructional technology and bachelor of arts in history from MSU.

Brock said, "I could not ask for a better group of faculty and staff to work with than those who serve in the Department of Legal Studies, the Culinary Arts Institute and the Department of Business. Under Dr. Tollison's leadership, the College of Business and Professional Studies has grown and is in a wonderful place.

"With recent curriculum redesign and innovative initiatives such as the 10K-MBA to be launched this fall, I believe we are poised for further growth. I am both honored and humbled to have been asked to serve during this time of transition," she added.

Martindale elected president of international teaching and learning association

July 30, 2018 (Monday)

A leading researcher in online learning environments and head of Mississippi State's Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development is the incoming president of the flagship international research organization in his field.
Trey Martindale is the new leader of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Founded in 1921, it is the preeminent scholarly association for researchers in instructional design, a field that examines how people teach and learn effectively. AECT has more than 2,300 members from 28 countries around the world.
Martindale will be installed as president at this year's annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri in October. In this role, he will set the agenda for the organization and execute the strategic plan, including research and funding initiatives, advocacy on U.S. governmental policy issues in education and advancement of the field of instructional design. He also will oversee the 21-member board of directors, which includes researchers from leading universities around the world.
"It has been an honor to serve for the last eight years on the AECT board, and this new office will bring new challenges in leading a dynamic and growing organization," Martindale said. "AECT has been so beneficial for me professionally in terms of research and funding opportunities and meeting new colleagues in the field. I owe AECT a debt of gratitude and look forward to helping others connect with the engaged scholars and resources in our organization."
Martindale was elected by the AECT membership and began serving this year as president-elect. He was instrumental in planning the group's annual convention, which includes soliciting and reviewing research proposals that reflect and represent current research.
AECT is continually expanding, particularly in East Asia, with new affiliates in Thailand and Indonesia, along with long-standing affiliates in China, Taiwan and Korea. Africa, Europe and South America also are well-represented, and the organization is seeking to expand with new colleagues and potential affiliates in the Middle East.
Martindale recently traveled to Bahrain as an invited speaker at an innovation forum sponsored by the eight Arab Gulf countries in the region. There, he spoke about innovation in higher education, and specifically online learning environments. He also began discussions with colleagues for a potential Middle East AECT affiliate.
A professor for 20 years, Martindale joined MSU in 2017. He spent the previous 12 years at the University of Memphis. His career has centered on mentoring graduate students, teaching instructional technology, and developing online degree programs. At MSU, he has taken on additional roles, serving as an adviser for the Center for Teaching and Learning and leading university-wide accessibility compliance efforts for web-based courses.
"My family and I have so enjoyed getting connected here in Starkville and with the MSU family," Martindale said. "MSU is a welcoming and friendly place, and I've been so impressed with the dedication of our faculty."

New Industrial Technology Distance Program Starting Fall 2018!

July 02, 2018 (Monday)

We are excited to announce our Industrial Technology program will be offered fully online starting in fall 2018! This program will allow flexibility for those students wanting to obtain a degree while working or who do not have this degree offered at their local college. We hosted our first Industrial Technology Open House in March to introduce the program to students and industry companies. Many students and company leaders toured our facilities and attended information sessions about the degree. If you would like to find out more about this degree, please contact Dr. John Wyatt (wyatt@colled.msstate.edu) or Mr. Mickey Giordano (mgiordano@colled.msstate.edu).

Non-Artist Exhibition Winners!

May 01, 2018 (Tuesday)

The Non-Artist Exhibition for Mrs. Latham's History of the Arts Crafts course was held last Wednesday. Congratulations to all of the students on their amazing work. The pieces these students are able to complete in one semester is unbelievable! They have an awards presentation during the exhibition. The William Morris Awardis is given to the Overall Winners from each section. The winners shown in the picture from left to right are as follows:Graham Arinder, Tyler Goins, Sarah Young, and Madeleine Meilstrup.

Our Department is so proud of Mrs. Latham and her students for putting on such a great show! We can't wait for next semester!

Arts and Crafts Non-Artist Exhibition - Wednesday April 25th

April 20, 2018 (Friday)

Come and be amazed at our Non-Artist Exhibition! Wednesday, April 25th at 6:00 p.m. The students in our History of the Arts Crafts course have worked hard throughout the semester creating several pieces of work using a variety of different mediums. We are so proud of the students and their hard work. Please come out and support them!