Date: September 30, 2008
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PNC Appoints Dr. Karen Schmid Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs
Westville– The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Dr. Karen Schmid as vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at Purdue University North Central. She was selected for the appointment after a national recruitment search.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Schmid to Purdue North Central,” said PNC Chancellor James B. Dworkin. “Dr. Schmid is an experienced educator with vast experience in higher education. Her background reflects a commitment to higher education and to academic excellence. Dr. Schmid joins PNC at a time of unprecedented academic growth. We expect that her leadership will help to enhance our academic programming and strengthen our commitment to service learning and community engagement.”
As the chief academic officer, Schmid will be responsible for all academic programs and faculty. She comes to PNC from Indiana State University in Terre Haute , where she served as associate vice president for Academic Affairs and associate professor of Family and Consumer Science.
At Indiana State University , she was responsible for curriculum development, academic policies and procedures, course redesign, distinctive programs, academic integrity, undergraduate catalog, institutional and program accreditation, program review, general education and the honors program.
She also provided leadership for the development of the University's new College of Nursing , Health, and Human Services as well as for the redevelopment of the Area Health Education Center . Schmid also developed the first experiential learning grant program at Indiana State , which supported service learning and community engagement. She has experience leading study groups and teaching in France , the Bahamas , Puerto Rico, Martinique , Mexico and Japan . Coming from an immigrant family, Schmid has experience in multiculturalism and cross-cultural family issues.
She has authored articles and papers that have appeared in a number of professional journals and publications. She has also made a number of presentations at conferences and workshops throughout the country and internationally on a variety of academic topics. She has been an active member of campus committees and advisory boards.
She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota , a master's degree from Southern Illinois University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota where she graduated with high distinction and earned entry into Phi Beta Kappa.