Dr. Robert Drake

Hartwick Appoints Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Assessment

May 15, 2012

The Office of Academic Affairs at Hartwick College is pleased to announce the appointment, effective July 1, 2012, of Dr. Robert Drake as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Assessment. 

Drake will report to both President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich and Provost Dr. Michael G. Tannenbaum, and will work with all segments of the Hartwick community to ensure compliance with Middle States standards for assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness. Drake also will assume several administrative roles in the Office of Academic Affairs, including oversight of faculty development and the periodic program review cycle for all academic departments.

Drake, who earned a B.A. in Economics from Franklin & Marshall, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History at The University at Albany, brings to Hartwick substantial leadership experience in assessment, general education, and retention at two institutions. In addition to committee service in these three areas at North Carolina A&T State University, Drake chaired the A&T University Studies Curriculum Committee, coordinated the university's required freshman experience course, and authored several assessment reports from A&T to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. As the William B. Spendiff '52 Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Siena College, Drake helped design, assess, and teach The Foundations Sequence, a yearlong first-year seminar course that underpins general education, and served on committees overseeing faculty development, specialized departmental accreditation, and the Middle States Reaccreditation Steering Committee. At Siena, he also helped many academic departments create and strengthen their assessment plans, and chaired the College-wide Task Force on Assessment of Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness for Siena's Middle States reaccreditation.

"It is striking to me that the culture at Hartwick College is so squarely focused on students and student-learning," said Drake. "This commitment to students is clearly demonstrated in its pedagogically informed Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum and Hartwick's leadership in study abroad. I believe that it is because of this student-centered culture that Hartwick has been able to succeed in some areas that have proved difficult for other institutions in higher education, like its substantive internship and Three-Year Bachelor's Degree programs. I am therefore thrilled to be joining such a dedicated community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni whose attitude regarding higher education aligns so well with my own - it is a place that already feels like home."

"Bob Drake is deeply knowledgeable about assessment and learning outcomes," said Tannenbaum, Hartwick's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, "and is particularly adept at framing assessment around our first priority - student success. He is devoted to the liberal arts mission and especially to strengthening general education, using an evidence-based approach to decision making. With his calm demeanor and pleasant personality, I see him fitting in very well as a team member in the Office of Academic Affairs and across the entire campus."

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable

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