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CWU Announces Katherine Frank as Fourth Provost Candidate

The Central Washington University Provost Search Committee has announced Katherine Frank, currently the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Kentucky University, as the fourth and final candidate for the position of Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Life.

Frank is scheduled to visit Central and meet with the search committee on April 19. A campus-wide open forum will be held on April 18 from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. in SURC 210.

Frank earned her B.A in English from Bates College and her M.A and Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington.

In her present position, Frank oversees Northern Kentucky University’s largest college, with a School of the Arts, ten academic departments, and five centers. Prior to joining NKU, Frank was Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indiana University East. During her tenure, she oversaw a restructuring of that institution’s largest school, with ten undergraduate programs, three of which were delivered at campus satellite centers.

Previously, Frank served as Chair of English and Foreign Languages at Colorado State University-Pueblo. She also served as Writing Program Administrator, founding director of the Southern Colorado Writing Project, and founding director of the first-year experience program.

Frank’s research interests include Romantic and Victorian English Literature, rhetoric and composition, literary theory, the scholarship of teaching, and academic leadership. She has published numerous academic articles on topics ranging from the role of libraries in sustainable dual-credit programs to effective enrollment management strategies s well as a composition textbook, (Re)actions: Affecting Change through Inquiry-Based Writing, published by Fountainhead Press in January 2011.

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