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Provost announces interim administrative appointments

by User Not Found | Aug 18, 2014

Provost Joe King has appointed Dr. Peter Zachar as Interim Dean of the School of Sciences and Dr. Lisa Kerr as Interim Associate Provost of Enrollment Management. Both appointments are effectively immediately.

Dr. Peter Zachar

Zachar graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, with degrees in philosophy and psychology. After doing volunteer work in the inner city of Chicago, he returned to graduate school and completed a Ph.D. in psychology at Southern Illinois University.  He worked for two years as an agency psychologist in a rural community mental health center before obtaining an academic position at Auburn Montgomery in 1995. Promoted to full Professor in 2005, he served eight years as Chair of the Department of Psychology, was named an Ida Belle Young Research Professor, and is currently Past President of the AUM Faculty Senate.  He is co-editor of the Consciousness and Emotion book series and Vice President of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry. He serves on the editorial boards of Emotion Review, Journal of Personality Disorders, and Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry. He is the author of more than 90 publications, and his primary area of scholarship is philosophical issues in psychiatric classification. Zachar has written two books – Psychological Concepts and Biological Psychiatry – A Philosophical Analysis (John Benjamins, 2000) and A Metaphysics of Psychopathology (MIT Press, 2014). He also has co-edited four additional books, including the forthcoming volume Alternative Perspectives on Psychiatric Validation (Zachar, Stoyanov, Aragona, and Jablensky, Oxford University Press, 2014).

Dr. Lisa Kerr

Kerr has served for the last year or so as Assistant Provost of Enrollment Management, overseeing student success and retention efforts, including chairing the Retention Committee. She came to AUM in 2012 as Program Manager of the First Year Experience, coordinating the Summer Bridge Program and teaching EDUC 1220. Previously, she was Director of Recruitment, Student Success, and Retention Initiatives at Rose State College in Oklahoma. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the National Academic Advising Association, and the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Kerr earned her Doctorate of Education from Oklahoma State University. She holds a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in education from Grand Valley State University.

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