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Beardsley, Wagoner take new College of Arts and Sciences positions

Natalie Veissalov
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Felicia Beardsley and Zandra Wagoner have taken new positions that will allow them to support and help run the College of Arts and Sciences with Jonathan Reed, the new interim dean.

Beardsley, who is an anthropology professor, is the interim associate dean of the CAS, and Wagoner, who worked under the provost as assistant vice president of undergraduate programs, is the assistant dean of undergraduate studies.

“I’m very excited about having them in the dean’s office,” Reed said.

Wagoner’s main job as assistant dean is to focus on the general education program.

She will work with the faculty to prepare the curriculum in order to give students a good general education program.

The majority of general education classes come from the Arts and Sciences College, while only some general education classes come from the other colleges.

She is also working on any initiatives that are coming out of the arts and sciences dean’s office, including matters regarding freshman first year experience, January term and interdisciplinary programs.

“The three of us are working collaboratively,” Wagoner said.

When the decision for the new associate dean was narrowed down and Beardsley was chosen, she was hesitant to accept, but when she thought about what she could accomplish under this new position, she immediately accepted.

Beardsley is detail oriented and hopes to bring that quality when making decisions geared toward curriculum issues.

Beardsley’s position entails dealing with personnel, student and curriculum issues, and being the supportive backbone to the interim dean.

“Our job is to get you prepared for the future and work force,” Beardsley said. “To help you move into a world you can navigate.”

Wagoner’s new position is similar to her last position. Beardsley, on the other hand, began her position on July 1 and had to shift gears a bit.

“It was a real change, real shift in terms of perspective,” Beardsley said. “Trying to move your head into that direction takes getting used to.”

Before becoming associate dean, Beardsley only had to focus on one department, but now as associate dean she helps oversee the entire college.

She now sees her her own department from a new standpoint.

“You are focused on not just your own classes, but you are also focused on everyone else’s classes,” Beardsley said.

Beardsley continues with her passion of teaching anthropology.

“The nice part is that I still get to teach and advise students,” Beardsley said.

Wagoner is also an associate professor of religion.

“My own background is in religion. I have a natural affiliation with the College of Arts and Sciences,” Wagoner said.

Beardsley and Wagoner are still professors, teaching one class a semester now.

Beardsley added that the college had been stalled because of salary issues, faculty’s heavy work load and other issues.

When faculty is faced with this, they decide to give up, Beardsley said.

Now Beardsley, with the help of Reed and Wagoner, hopes to move the college forward and refocus the energy into new specific curriculum.

“Both Felicia and Zandra have a knack for curricular issues and both of them have very strong research and publication records, so they model being scholar teachers at the University of La Verne,” Reed said.

Natalie Veissalov can be reached at natalie.veissalov@laverne.edu.

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