Dr. Catherine M. Wehlburg has joined Marymount University as the founding dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics, and Education.
Wehlburg has most recently served as the associate provost for institutional effectiveness at Texas Christian University in Forth Worth, Texas. She also held the position of associate dean in the College of Education.
“Catherine is a thought leader on learning outcomes and assessment and is finishing her third book, ‘Courage to Learn,’ while also serving as editor-in-chief of ‘New Directions in Teaching and Learning,’ published by Jossey Bass,” said Dr. William Ehmann
, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Wehlburg has taught psychology and educational psychology for more than 25 years. She has served as chair of the Psychology Department at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at TCU.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Florida. She participated in the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education.
“I look forward to working with faculty on creating a shared vision of this newly redesigned school,” Wehlburg said. “There is a lot of opportunity for some really exciting synergy that can come from the combination of science, mathematic and education programs. There has already been some discussion about how that can foster some cutting-edge types of interdisciplinary opportunities for students while still keeping a strong disciplinary focus within the department structure. It’s going to be a really fun intellectual journey.”
The new school is the result of an academic re-alignment at Marymount. The University’s four schools are now:
• School of Sciences, Mathematics, and Education
• School of Design, Arts, and Humanities
• School of Business and Technology
• Malek School of Health Professions
“I love Marymount’s size, its mission and the fact that it’s a liberal arts university that really focuses on the students,” Wehlburg said.
She has a daughter who is starting her first year at the University of Arkansas. In her spare time, Wehlburg is a glassblower who makes vases, bowls and vessels. She is happy to be returning to the greater Washington, D.C., area, where she spent the 1998-1999 academic year on sabbatical as a senior associate scholar with the American Association for Higher Education.
Dr. Catherine M. Wehlburg