Brandon E. Schwab, chair of the Department of Geology at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, has been appointed associate provost at Western Carolina University.
Alison Morrison-Shetlar, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at WCU, announced Schwab’s appointment Tuesday, June 10. The appointment is effective July 15. He also will join the university as a tenured professor in the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources.
In his role as associate provost, Schwab will report directly to Morrison-Shetlar and will have primary responsibilities related to faculty affairs and academic policy. He will oversee the reappointment, tenure, promotion and post-tenure review process; the faculty handbook; professional development and resources for academic department heads; new faculty orientation; faculty development; faculty credentials; and distinguished and endowed professor networking and support.
He also will have administrative oversight for the Coulter Faculty Commons for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Highlands Biological Station. Schwab will chair the Associate Deans’ Council, will be a member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Council and the Council of Deans, and will serve as liaison to the Faculty Senate.
Morrison-Shetlar said that Schwab will play an important role in fulfilling the academic mission of the university.
“Dr. Schwab brings excellent credentials as an academician and administrator, and his experience and skill set make him an ideal match for this critical position,” she said. “He has tremendous experience in teaching, curriculum development, grant writing and professional development for faculty and staff, and he has a demonstrated track record of dedication to student success.”
Schwab earned his doctorate in geological sciences at the University of Oregon in 2000 and his bachelor’s degree in geology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1994. A member of the geology faculty at Humboldt State since 2001, he has served as chair or co-chair of the department since 2011.
“I believe that faculty represent the heart (and students the life‐force) of any great university and I am committed to finding ways to best support students and facilitate faculty development and mentoring – from the needs of new faculty at orientation, through the tenure and promotion process, to supporting department heads and distinguished professors,” he said. “The opportunity to oversee and support this natural continuum excites me.”
Schwab also said that, as a geologist, he is looking forward to working in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and that he considers moving to North Carolina a homecoming of sorts because most of his family resides in the state.