Dr. Timothy Ireland has been appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Niagara University, effective June 1.
Ireland succeeds Dr. Nancy McGlen, who will retire in June after serving for 15 years in the position.
As dean, Ireland's primary responsibility will be the general administration of the college, and also to foster and nurture the growth and academic excellence of the college in accordance with Niagara's mission. He will accordingly be tasked with recruiting, evaluating, retaining and promoting quality faculty; offering leadership in curriculum innovation, development and assessment; monitoring the evaluation of students; supervising and distributing the allocation of college resources; and working with other sectors to sustain and increase enrollments, among other duties.
"We were very pleased to be able to identify the most qualified individual for this critical position from within our university community," stated Dr. Timothy Downs, Niagara's vice president for academic affairs. "Nancy has done an incredible job in bringing the College of Arts and Sciences to its current level of excellence, and the person succeeding her has some sizeable shoes to fill. We are very confident that Tim, with his credentials and experience at Niagara, will be that person."
A professor in NU's department of criminology and criminal justice since 1996, Ireland earned a B.S. (English literature) from St. Bonaventure University, an M.S. (criminal justice) from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. (criminal justice) from SUNY Albany.
Ireland's research interests are diverse. For a number of years, he has been affiliated with a longitudinal research project (The Rochester Youth Development Study), which has allowed him to explore the causes and consequences of exposure to family violence. He recently finished work as a co-principal investigator on a National Institute of Drug Abuse grant. An article Ireland coauthored on intergenerational continuities and discontinuities in intimate partner violence was selected as one of the 10 best violence research publications of 2011 by the Psychology of Violence multidisciplinary research journal.
To learn more about the programs offered through Niagara University's College of Arts and Sciences, call 716-286-8060 or visit http://www.niagara.edu/coas.
Pictured: Dr. Timothy Ireland