AMERICUS (April 3, 2012)--Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) announces that Helen Tate, Ph.D., division head of Arts and Communication Studies at Columbia College in South Carolina, has been named associate vice president for Academic Affairs. Tate will replace Lynda Lee Purvis, who is retiring at the end of the academic year. Tate’s position will begin July 1, 2012.
“I am so pleased to be selected to serve as GSW’s next associate VP for Academic Affairs,” said Tate. “It was clear to me during my visit that Lynda Lee is well liked and respected, so I have big shoes to fill, but am excited about the opportunity and looking forward to the challenges and rewards of supporting the academic programs of the University.”
“I am excited that Dr. Tate is joining our GSW family,” said Brian U. Adler, Ph.D., vice president for Academic Affairs. “Her experience with and knowledge of accreditation, assessment, financial aid, articulation agreements, first-year student success programs, academic advising, peer mentoring, and at-risk students and programs will help us move forward on many levels. Dr. Tate also works in an area of research and scholarship that will add some exciting dimensions to our existing academic programs, such as Women's Studies and Communication. I look forward to working with her.”
Tate has been division head of Arts and Communication Studies at Columbia College since 2009. During that time she led the division through organizational restructure, piloted the National Communication Association’s guidelines for program review, and developed an articulation agreement with the College of Charleston for a five-year Master of Arts in Teaching in choral performance.
Prior to that, Tate served as chair for the Department of Communication and Theatre from 2002 to 2009 and interim director of the First-Year Student Success Team for a year from 2007 to 2008. She joined the Columbia College faculty in 1999.
In addition, Tate served as the Future Faculty Teaching Fellow at Indiana University-Kokomo’s Department of Communication Arts, associate instructor and peer mentor at Indiana University, and instructor of speech at Lamar University at Orange.
The recipient of multiple faculty and teaching excellence awards, Tate has also authored five peer-reviewed journal articles, one book chapter and presented or served as a competitively selected panelist at 40 different professional conferences. An active member of the National Communication Association, Tate currently serves on the group’s Department Chair’s Advisory Board.
Tate earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication, a minor in French and a Master of Arts in speech communication from Idaho State University. She earned a Ph.D. in speech communication and a minor in gender studies from Indiana University in Bloomington.
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