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Christine McCauslin Appointed School of Natural Science and Mathematics Dean

Donna Klinger

Mount St. Mary’s University announced the appointment of Christine Seitz McCauslin, Ph.D., as dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. McCauslin, who previously was chair of the Science Department for more than five years, has been serving in an interim capacity since Kraig Sheetz, Ph.D., became executive vice president in January 2021.

christine-mccauslin-01.jpg“Christine has shown impressive leadership skills and will continue to build the programming, partnerships and experiences that make our SNSM students extremely competitive for job and graduate school opportunities,” said Mount St. Mary’s University President Timothy E. Trainior, Ph.D. “She not only brings extensive institutional knowledge to her new role but also a record of working collaboratively and across disciplines to achieve strategic initiatives focused on student success.”

McCauslin becomes dean as the university plans to break ground next summer on expansion of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics facilities, made necessary by pressing needs for additional academic space on campus due to overall student enrollment growth, increased interest in STEM majors and the addition of cross-disciplinary programs. The $4.1 million addition to the Coad Science Building will include new classrooms, laboratories, “classatories,” offices, and collaborative meeting space to enhance the student learning environment.

The number of students majoring in programs within the SNSM has increased more than 30% over the last four years, due in part to the launch of three new flagship programs: data science, cybersecurity and neuroscience.

“We are fortunate to have experienced tremendous growth in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics over the last several years thanks to the hard work of our students, faculty, and staff,” McCauslin said.  “It is an honor to work with this outstanding group, and I look forward to the road ahead as we build on our trajectory of success and gain recognition as a leading STEM educator whose graduates are highly sought after and prepared to make a positive impact on the world.”

“At an important time for the SNSM, Christine has shown that she is a great advocate, a consensus builder, and an effective communicator.  Working with the faculty, she will do a great job of coordinating the renovation and expansion of Coad, while managing the challenges and opportunities brought on by the large enrollments the school has attracted in recent years,” said Provost Boyd Creasman, Ph.D. 

McCauslin is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her scholarly research has been published in academic journals including BloodExperimental HematologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education and the Journal of Biological Chemistry among others.

A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in biology, McCauslin earned a Master of Science in biomedical science from Hood College and received her doctorate in genetics from George Washington University. Before arriving at the Mount in 2004, she conducted research in laboratories based at the National Cancer Institute at Frederick.

 

Donna Klinger