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Susan Turell to Serve as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Studies

RELEASED: July 31, 2008

Dr. Susan Turell
Dr. Susan Turell

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Susan C. Turell, coordinator of women's studies and a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has been named interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate studies, said Dr. Steven Tallant, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Turell's interim appointment is for a two-year term.

"Dr. Turell brings to the table an in-depth understanding of and experience relevant to both our academic and student services programs, which makes her especially well-qualified to serve in this position," Tallant said. "I am pleased to welcome her to the academic affairs team."

The decision to fill the position on an interim basis follows a national search that did not produce a successful candidate, Tallant said.

Turell has 16 years of experience in higher education, the most recent six being at UW-Eau Claire, where she became the women's studies coordinator and joined the psychology department in 2002. She also is a licensed psychologist and maintains a private psychotherapy practice. Before joining the UW-Eau Claire faculty, she taught at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She also previously held positions as a clinical consultant and rape crisis program director at the Houston (Texas) Area Women's Center and a program manager for the American Heart Association in Houston.

At UW-Eau Claire, Turell led the effort to establish a women's studies major. In the first two years that the major has been offered, 15 students have graduated from the interdisciplinary program. She also was instrumental in the development of the Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault, which provides services for women students who are victims of sexual assault. CASA is now in its fifth year as a collaborative project with a community agency.

Turell has been elected by her peers to leadership positions in the College of Arts and Sciences and the larger UW-Eau Claire community. Under her leadership as chair, the Arts and Sciences Diversity Advisory Committee successfully sought donations and grants to work with an outside community organizers group, dismantlingRacismWorks (dRworks),and has begun the process of helping UW-Eau Claire become a dRworks anti-racist university. She also has served on numerous search-and-screen committees and participated in the strategic planning committee on campus climate.

Turell earned her bachelor's degree through the liberal arts honors program at the University of Texas at Austin and her master's and doctoral degrees in counseling psychology from the University of Houston.

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