Wood named Liberal Arts associate dean of student affairs

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Elizabeth “Elee” Wood, director of the museum studies program and associate professor of museum studies and adjunct associate professor of education, has been named associate dean of student affairs in the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis by Dean Thomas J. Davis. The appointment is effective July 1, 2017.

A member of the IUPUI faculty since 2005, Professor Wood is also public scholar of museums, families, and learning for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, where she focuses on audience research and evaluation, and exhibition development. The IU Board of Trustees has also approved Wood’s promotion to full professor this July.

Professor Wood’s research interests include object-based learning, critical museum pedagogies, and evaluation capacity building. She holds a Ph.D. in Education for Community, an M.Ed. in Youth Development Leadership from the University of Minnesota, and a Dramatic Arts from Macalester College. Wood is an active member of the Visitor Studies Association, American Evaluation Association, and the American Alliance of Museums.

In 2015, Wood received the John Cotton Dana Award for Museum Leadership from the American Alliance of Museums, as well as the Thomas Ehrlich Service Learning Award from Indiana University. Her service currently extends to editing the journal Museums and Social Issues and has included positions on the advisory committee for the Association of Children’s Museums and the Association of State and Local History. She is the co-author of Objects of Experience: Transforming Visitor-Object Experiences in Museums (Routledge, 2013) and co-editor of the forthcoming book, Active Collections.

"Professor Wood takes the helm of our student affairs office at an exciting time in the school’s history," said Dean Davis. "She is already a proven leader, and so we look forward to her leadership of our student affairs team working with faculty, staff, and students throughout the school and campus."

As associate dean of student affairs, Wood’s duties will include supervision of academic advising, career services, recruitment and retention, and scholarship management; providing leadership in the articulation of issues and the development of policies affecting students, student learning, and academic standing; working with students on an individual basis to address issues that affect their academic success and supporting faculty and departments on issues that affect student learning, including recruitment and retention. She will represent the School of Liberal Arts and its students’ interests in the campus community through service on campus-and university-level committees.

Wood assumes the role held by Gina Sanchez Gibau from 2011-2017 and by Shana Stump, who served in an interim capacity this spring. Elizabeth Kryder-Reid, professor of anthropology and museum studies, director of the Cultural Heritage Research Center, and former director of museum studies (1998-2013), will become interim director of the Museum Studies Program.

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