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World Campus appointments|
Two join World Campus staff
| Last fall, Elizabeth M. Hawthorne and Jean A. McGrath were appointed to the Penn State World Campus staff. Hawthorne, associate dean for academic affairs at Penn State BerksLehigh Valley College and acting associate dean for faculty for the Commonwealth College, is director of academic programs, and McGrath is director of student services.|
Launched in January 1998, the World Campus is extending the Universitys signature programs to adult learners worldwide, using the World Wide Web and other technologies to create asynchronous learning communities.
Hawthorne joined Penn State in 1993 as associate professor of higher education and director of academic affairs at the Berks campus. She also was a program associate in the Center for the Study of Postsecondary Teaching, Learning and Assessment. As the chief academic officer at Berks, she provided academic leadership for the campus and also was responsible for the merger of the academic units of the two campuses forming the new BerksLehigh Valley College.
In 1997, she was appointed associate dean for academic affairs for BerksLehigh Valley College. Previously, she was assistant and associate professor with the Program in Higher Education at the University of Toledo (198693), where she also served as the director of the Russel Center for Educational Leadership. She was director of research for the Carroll Group Inc. in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 198586 and research associate at the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1983 to 1985. Before beginning doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, she worked as a teacher, consultant, trainer, college instructor and evaluator in the field of child study for 14 years.
Hawthorne earned a B.S. degree in education (child study) from Tufts University in 1965, a M.Ed. in educational psychology from Temple University in 1971, an A.M. in political science from the University of Michigan in 1982, and a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan in 1985. She also studied social casework at the University of Chicago from 1965 to 1966.
Since January 1998, McGrath has served as acting director of student services. She came to Penn State in 1987 as a staff member and later environmental analyst for the Low Level Radiation Monitoring Laboratory in the Department of Nuclear Engineering. In 1990, she was appointed program specialist in the Department of Independent Learning, and in 1994, she was named assistant director for Contract Programs in the Department of Distance Education. She later was promoted to associate director.
Previously, she was a teacher in the Altoona Area School District from 1972 to 1978. She also was a part-time instructor at Parkersburg Community College in Parkersburg, W. Va., from 1984 to 1986.
McGrath received a bachelor of science degree in secondary education, mathematics, in 1971 and a master of education degree in adult education in 1994, both from Penn State. In addition, she has earned an Act 34 Clearance Certificate and a Pennsylvania Instructional II Teaching Certificate.