Winston-Salem State University

Pearson Named Assistant Provost for WSSU

Dr. Denise Pearson

Dr. Denise Pearson

January 25, 2011

   Dr. Denise Pearson has joined Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) as assistant provost with responsibility for matters pertaining to the faculty, reporting to Provost Brenda Allen.
    Pearson will work with the college and schools on hiring, reappointment, tenure and promotion processes and decisions as part WSSU’s focus on continuing to build an exceptional faculty.  Other responsibilities will include coordinating the University’s centralized process for graduate programs, serving as liaison between the Provost’s Office and the Faculty Senate, coordinating activities to support continued faculty development, and supervising the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
    “We are delighted that Dr. Pearson has joined our staff,” said Dr. Allen.  “She is known at University College in Denver for her leadership in working with faculty, staff and students.  During her time there, she demonstrated the ability to manage, coordinate and develop programs that had positive impacts on the institution.  We are certainly excited about the experience and expertise she will be bringing to this new position.”
    Pearson has 19 years of experience in higher education, with nine of those years in academic leadership positions.  She has been at the University of Denver’s University College since 2001, serving as associate academic dean since 2003.  In that position, she was the academic affairs administrator for graduate and undergraduate programs and also maintained a focus on faculty recruitment and development to support teaching effectiveness.  She served on the University’s Graduate Council, Program Evaluation and Learning Assessment Committee and the Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Committee.  
    Pearson has also done extensive work in the area of conflict management, including developing book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on the topic and she participated in a collaboration on community mediation with the University of the West Indies.  At the University of Denver, she also served as the academic director for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program and as adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Social Work, as well as the Conflict Resolution Institute.
    A graduate of Marquette University with a Ph.D. in administration and supervision of education, Dr. Pearson also holds a M.A. degree in conflict resolution from the University of Denver, a M.S. degree in education administration from Concordia University, and a B.A. in human services from Pace University.

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