Everett and Roddy named CEHHS department chairs
Susan Everett and Julie Roddy both will have new titles within the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) in the new year. Everett has been named chair for the Department of Education and Roddy has been named interim chair for the Department of Health and Human Services.
The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the appointments Thursday, December 19. Both appointments will begin January 1, 2014.
In their new roles, Everett and Roddy will help launch new programs and review current programs in addition to overseeing the daily administrative work of the departments.
Everett, associate professor of education, joined University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2003. Her research and teaching interests are in science education, having received her Ph.D. in science education from University of Iowa.
“Susan brings extensive knowledge of the university and faculty governance to this role along with an extensive body of published work,” said Ed Silver, dean, CEHHS. “Her faculty colleagues strongly supported her appointment as department chair.”
Everett is looking forward to working with administrators and faculty on additional partnership opportunities, calling it a great benefit to the structure of the new college.
“Many schools, especially in urban environments, provide numerous services to help their students,” Everett said. “I’m excited for the potential collaborations between education faculty and health and human services faculty that could better prepare our pre-service teachers.”
Roddy also expressed interest in collaborations within CEHHS as well as across campus.
“I am very excited about being a chair that works across colleges and departments in a truly interdisciplinary way,” she said. “There are barriers to reaching across discipline lines that make truly integrative work more difficult, I look forward to my chair position as a leader who administrates in a way that makes work across colleges and disciplines a natural outcome of the department.”
Roddy, associate professor of public policy, joined the university in 2005. She is an economist who writes in the area of health economics; her research and teaching focus on substance abuse, public health and community service. Roddy also is a registered member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
“Julie’s successful pursuit of grants, her knowledge of current campus programs and faculty related to health, and her administrative skills make her an excellent choice to lead a new department during its critical formative stage,” said Martin Hershock, dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL).
Roddy will continue to teach courses in both CASL and CEHHS.