Dean named for realigned college, inaugural “Presidential Faculty Fellow” appointed as part of CSU 2.0

Dr. Roland Anglin, current dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, will continue to lead as dean of the realigned college encompassing urban affairs programs, among other areas. Photo courtesy of Cleveland State University

Beginning next summer, Dr. Roland Anglin, current dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, will serve as the inaugural dean of the newly aligned college encompassing education, urban affairs, and some programs from the current College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Dr. Anglin has led the Levin College since 2016. Previously referred to as the College of Urban Affairs, Social Sciences, and Education in CSU 2.0 plans, a new name for the college will be determined.

Programs and schools included in the college inclusive of urban affairs, communication, education, and sociology/criminology. Photo courtesy of Cleveland State University

The current dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Dr. Sajit Zachariah, will serve as senior advisor to Dean Anglin to “ensure a smooth transition during the first year or two of this transition.”

Dr. Zachariah will also serve in a second role, launching an “expansive model of distance/online learning and urban competitiveness designed to serve the entire region in new and innovative ways.”

Online program growth is a key part of the CSU 2.0 plan. With the overall plan seeking to add 4,500 students by 2025, 1,500 of these students will come from “a new, branded, centrally promoted and coordinated ‘CSU Online’ effort.”

Inaugural CSU Presidential Faculty Fellow appointed

CSU President Harlan Sands poses with Dean Sajit Zachariah and Dr. Tachelle Banks, professor and inaugural presidential faculty fellow. Photo courtesy of Cleveland State University

A new role, the presidential faculty fellow for academic initiatives and innovation, has been established. Dr. Tachelle Banks, a professor in the College of Education and Human Services and the college’s associate dean of faculty and external affairs, will be the first in the role. The one to two-year appointment makes her the only faculty member of the president’s cabinet.

“This fellowship will allow us to draw upon the expertise, passion, and experience of our faculty to advance our goals for student success, faculty scholarship, and campus-wide well-being,” said Provost Laura Bloomberg in an email to the campus community.

This is the second major leadership update in recent weeks, with Dean Meredith Bond selected as interim Vice President for Research and Innovation, and the search underway for two new deans. The full announcement email can be seen here.

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