Briefly Noted, Spring 2012

Featuring the new founding dean of the future College of Business; new programs in Arts & Sciences, Education and Health Professions; the transition to a doctoral program for occupational therapy; community recognition of the School of Dental Health Science; and Pacific's newest office locations.

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NEW BUSINESS | Pacific University welcomes Dr. Howard Smith as the newly hired founding dean for the future College of Business. The founding dean is charged with championing the development of a business plan and fundraising for a future College of Business at Pacific in the next several years. Once a plan has been created the proposal will go through the University’s governance approval process. Smith has served as vice president of university advancement, dean of the College of Business and Economics and tenured professor at Boise State University, as well as dean of the University of New Mexico’s Anderson Schools of Management and School of Public Administration. He begins his appointment at Pacific on July 1. 

MAJOR GROWTH | Pacific University’s College of Arts & Sciences is expanding its degree offerings. Beginning this fall, students will be able to pursue bachelor’s degrees in applied theatre, art history, dance and public health. Those seeking a degree in business administration also will have the option of an accelerated three-year Business Scholars program. Both art history and dance began as minors, with curricula that have developed into majors. Applied theatre is a new program that links traditional theatre skills with community service. Public health offers interdisciplinary studies in epidemiology (infectious disease), health promotion, public policy, cross-cultural work or biostatistics. Also recently approved are new College of Arts & Sciences minors: editing and publishing, indigenous studies and outdoor leadership. Undergraduates also can minor in communication science and disorders, a course of studies that provides the prerequisites for the College of Education’s new master’s degree in speech-language pathology, which begins in Fall 2012. Meanwhile, the College of Health Professions launches a doctoral program in audiology in Fall 2012, followed by a new master’s of athletic training in 2013. 

OT OUT FRONT | The School of Occupational Therapy is transitioning from a master’s degree program to a doctoral program. The School will offer both an entry-level track, for students with bachelor’s degrees who have not previously practiced occupational therapy, and a professional track for occupational therapists who hold a master’s degree and want to advance their credentials. The entry-level track is a three-year program similar to the current master’s program, but the third year will be distance-based, with students in fieldwork scenarios or taking long-distance courses. The post-professional track begins with a short residency in Hillsboro, followed by distance-based course work. Pacific will be the eighth of 150 occupational therapy programs nationwide to offer a clinical doctorate for entry-level students.

MAINE ATTRACTION | Pacific University’s School of Dental Health Science was featured in January on Tom’s of Maine toothpaste end-cap displays in Whole Foods stores in Washington and Oregon. The displays featured the University logo along with a message about how the University reaches out to the community. In 2011, dental hygiene students in the clinic served more than 4,000 patients, and more than 300 additional patients were served by the mobile clinic. 

OUTER SPACE | Pacific’s master of fine arts in writing program is opening office space this spring in Portland’s Pearl District. The offices will give the program a connection to Portland’s literary community and potential students. This summer, Pacific also will open an office in Honolulu to aid in student recruitment and support in Hawai’i.