Dixie State University settles into academic year with new positions, building improvements
August 8, 2016As Dixie State University students settle into the 2016-17 academic year, they are being better served thanks to a variety of improvements and changes made over the summer. One such change was the creation of two associate provost positions. Dr. Nancy Hauck was appointed as the associate provost for community & global engagement and Dr. Sandy Petersen was named associate provost for academic quality & student success. Hauck, who has served as a faculty member in Dixie State’s Department of Education since 1993, will be responsible for concurrent enrollment, global engagement programs, community engagement programs, the Hurricane Center and community education. “It is a great honor for me to support and build academic community and global engagement initiatives at DSU,” Hauck said. “This new position will help fulfill the Dixie 2020: Status to Stature strategic plan goals in community engagement by building academic community engagement, global education, and continuing education programs." Prior to her appointment as an associate provost, Hauck directed Dixie State’s STEM Education Endorsement Program and previously served as the university’s education field placement director. She has presented numerous papers at professional meetings over the past five years in the area of STEM education and is a member of related professional organizations. Petersen, who also served as a faculty member in Dixie State’s Department of Education, is responsible for academic quality and student success programs and initiatives, including oversight of academic assessment, sponsored programs, the tutoring, math and writing centers, graduate studies, the honors program and undergraduate research in her new role. “This is such an exciting time to be a part of DSU,” Petersen said. “I look forward to working with an outstanding administration, faculty, and staff. Most importantly, however, I am excited about serving our students and helping to support academic excellence as we grow in numbers, quality and stature.” Petersen has been a DSU faculty member since 2008 and prior to coming to Dixie State was assistant superintendent of Schools for the Davis County District. Petersen has made 20 presentations at national meetings and at the University. Dr. Petersen served as a member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and was a member of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee. Additionally, she was instrumental in launching the DSU Teaching and Learning Center. In addition to creating new positions, Dixie State took advantage of campus being quiet while students were away and updated several buildings. For example, Smith’s Computer Center has been fully renovated, and the state-of-the-art facility will enhance Dixie State’s academic efforts in computer information technology. The McDonald Center for Humanities & Social Sciences also received renovations this summer, including new floors, paint, millwork and furniture. These improvements will continue throughout the year and are projected to be completed by June 30, 2017. Additionally, two chemistry labs were added to campus this summer, and the Ernö and Etel Udvar-Hazy School of Business received a makeover complete with new student collaboration and study spaces. “We are excited for the faculty, staff and students to see these changes and enjoy the facilities,” Paul Morris, vice president of administrative affairs, said. “Facilities Management is continually working to improve the buildings and facilities that serve DSU.” For more information about Dixie State University, visit dixie.edu.