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Fox Chosen as Next Graduate Dean at ATU

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Dr. Dana L. Fox is returning home to the Natural State to serve as dean of the Arkansas Tech University Graduate College.

Originally from Bald Knob, Fox will join the ATU faculty on July 1, 2019, upon the completion of her tenure as associate dean for graduate studies and research as well as professor of English education at Kennesaw State University (Ga.).

Her appointment as dean at Arkansas Tech was confirmed by the ATU Board of Trustees during its meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13.

"We are looking forward to Dr. Fox joining us in the near future," said Dr. Phillip Bridgmon, interim vice president for academic affairs at ATU. "She brings a wealth of experience in collaborating across disciplines, promoting program development and outreach within graduate programs. Everyone she met with appreciated her thoughtfulness and vision in working across campus to advance the Graduate College’s strategic goals. Dr. Fox will be an outstanding addition to our leadership team."

Fox earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a specialization in English and a Master of Science in Education degree from the University of Central Arkansas.

She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy degree in English education from the University of Missouri.

Fox has worked at Kennesaw State since 2016. Previously, she served in a variety of faculty and administrative roles at Georgia State University (2000-16), the University of Arizona (1992-2000), the University of Georgia (1991-92), the University of Missouri (1987-91) and the University of Arkansas at Monticello (1984-87).

She began her teaching career as a secondary English instructor at Augusta High School (Ark.) from 1979-82.

The University of Missouri College of Education presented Fox with its alumni lifetime achievement award in 2018. She has also received the outstanding faculty teaching award from the Georgia State College of Education and the professor of the year award from the Georgia Council of Teachers of English.

Fox is a former co-editor of The New Advocate, a national journal focused on literature for young people and the use of children’s and adolescent literature in primary and middle school classrooms; and English Education, the official journal of the Conference on English Education of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Dr. Jeff Robertson, dean of the ATU College of Natural and Health Sciences and professor of astrophysics, will continue to concurrently serve as interim dean of the ATU Graduate College until Fox’s arrival at Arkansas Tech in July 2019.