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Norton Named Assistant Vice President

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Dr. Hanna Norton, head of the Arkansas Tech Department of Speech, Theatre and Journalism, will be promoted to assistant vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech at the end of the spring 2011 semester.

Norton was selected from a field of 32 applicants to fill the newly-created position.

An announcement of her selection from the Arkansas Tech Office of Academic Affairs indicated that Norton will remain in her current role as department head until this summer to ensure an orderly transition.

In her new job, Norton will coordinate expanded distance learning initiatives at Arkansas Tech.

Norton has served on the faculty at Arkansas Tech for 10 years. She was appointed interim head of the Arkansas Tech Department of Speech, Theatre and Journalism on July 1, 2010, and she was named to that post on a permanent basis by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees on Oct. 21, 2010.

Norton holds three degrees from the University of Georgia. She earned her Ph.D. in 2001 and joined the Arkansas Tech faculty as an assistant professor later that year.

The student body selected Norton as Arkansas Tech professor of the year in 2006-07. She was promoted to associate professor that spring. Norton served as president of the faculty senate in 2008-09. At spring commencement in 2009, she was presented with a Faculty Award of Excellence in the teaching category. Norton has also been active in academic advising during her time at Arkansas Tech.

She was honored for her work in that field with an Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit in the academic advising faculty category at the 2008 National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Conference in Chicago, Ill.