Associate Dean Candidate Forums: Students, Get Involved!


Over the course of the next few weeks, candidate forums concerning the search for a new associate dean will be held on campus. These forums are set to be held at 2:00-3:00 p.m. in Snyder 142 on UC Clermont’s campus, and are open to all students, staff, and faculty.

The order of these candidate forums is as follows:

  • Thursday, October 12th: Debra Meyers
  • Friday, October 13th: Michael Holmes
  • Monday, October 23rd: Traci Stark
  • Monday, October 30th: Mona Sedrak
  • Thursday, November 2nd: Mark Spencer

These forums represent an excellent opportunity for all of us to take a closer look at each candidate.  The position of Associate Dean is an important one, and the person who eventually fills this role will be making decisions that will affect all staff, faculty, and students on campus.  The staff at The Lantern encourages students especially to come out and be part of this selection process.  Ask questions.  Listen carefully.  Make your voices heard.

The first forum on the schedule will involve Debra Meyers. Dr. Meyers is a graduate of the University of Rochester, where she received a Doctor of Philosophy and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. Dr. Meyers also has an Associates in Mechanical Technology from Monroe Community College, a Bachelors in History from Nazareth College, and a Masters in Religious Studies from College Mount St. Joseph. In addition to her degrees, Dr. Meyers has extensive experience in various leadership positions at Northern Kentucky University since 2001.

Another forum, held on Friday, October 13th, is dedicated to Michael Holmes. Dr. Holmes has a Doctor of Philosophy and received his Masters of Science from Southern Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Southwest Minnesota State University. Michael Holmes has worked as a Research Consultant, Associate Director, Research Fellow, Interim Dean, Professor and Chairperson, Assistant Professor, and Beekeeper. Additionally, Holmes has received awards and honors such as the Dean’s Distinguished Researcher Award in 2013, Alumni Achievement Award in 2011, and the Centennial Scholar of Communication Award in 2009.

The next forum will be held on Monday, October 23rd, once again in room 142 of the Snyder building. This forum will be with Dr. Traci Stark. Dr. Stark received her Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University and has a Bachelors degree in Political Science and French from Duke University, as well as a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina. Dr. Stark has had experience as the Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Associate Dean of Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Chairperson in the Department of Psychology at Heidelberg University. Additionally, Dr. Stark has held various clinical positions in numerous institutions from 1989 to 2004.

The following week, on Monday, October 30th, a forum will be held to discuss Mona Sedrak as an Associate Dean candidate. Mona Sedrak has earned a Doctorate of Philosophy from Walden University, Masters of Science from AT Still University, and Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She has experience working in various positions ranging from Research Associate at Wright State University to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Seton Hall University. Additionally, Dr. Sedrak is the recipient of many awards such as the Distinguished Teacher Award at AT Still University, Physician Assistant Faculty of the Year from Kettering College, Honorable Mention on a Research Colloquium, Outstanding Abstract, and is a four-time winner of the Provost’s Faculty Scholarship Award from Seton Hall University.

The final forum will be held on Thursday, November 2nd, for Mark Spencer. Dr. Spencer received his Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University, MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Cincinnati. He has worked as a Dean and Professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Monticello since 2005. Dr. Spencer has thirty-five journal publications, five published books, nine published book reviews, and over seventy works of fiction in journals and anthologies. In addition to receiving many awards and honors for his aforementioned literary works, Mark Spencer has also earned teaching and civic awards.

Please plan on joining us for as many of the candidate forums as possible.  This represents an excellent opportunity for UCC students to get involved in something on campus that will be truly impactful—for this academic year, and likely many more to come.


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Ian McKenzie is an eighteen-year-old CCP student from Batavia and is hoping to pursue a degree in Journalism. He runs track at his high school, however, what he enjoys most is writing.

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