July 18, 2013
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WTAMU Names New Associate Provost
CANYON, Texas—Dr. Amy Andersen has been named the new associate provost at West Texas A&M University. She will begin her duties Aug. 1.
Andersen, who has served as head of WTAMU’s Department of Education since September 2011, will fill a position vacated in March 2012 when Dr. Wade Shaffer was named interim provost/vice president for academic affairs. In her new role as associate provost, Andersen will be responsible for a variety of key areas including the management of the major component of the University’s SACS reaffirmation efforts. She also will oversee WTAMU’s First-Year Experience Programs, which include Discover WT, New Student Orientation, Buff Branding, Readership WT and Convocation. Other areas of responsibility will include the Quality Enhancement Plan, Learning Communities, Core Curriculum, Advising Services, Teaching Excellence Center and Associate Deans Council.
“Dr. Andersen brings a great deal of experience to this office,” Dr. Wade Shaffer, provost/vice president for academic affairs, said. “She has served ably as head of the Department of Education and as director of the Teaching Excellence Center, and I look forward to working with her in this new role.”
Andersen brings to the position more than 20 years of teaching experience in public schools and higher education coupled with several years in higher education administration. She joined the WTAMU faculty in 1997 and teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in reading, language arts and early childhood. In 2009 she was named the director of the University’s Teaching Excellence Center, where she provides faculty resources for teaching improvement through workshops and seminars.
In February 2011 she added to her administrative duties by taking on the position as interim head of the Department of Education. A few months later, Andersen was named head of the department, overseeing budgets, curriculum and scheduling as well as more than 30 faculty and staff members. She is active on various University committees including serving as chair of the Convocation Committee.
Before coming to WTAMU, Andersen taught undergraduate reading course at the University of Houston and graduate courses at the University of St. Thomas. She also has taught in the Klein and Pasadena Independent School Districts.
“I am honored and excited to begin my duties as associate provost at WTAMU,” Andersen said. “I have truly enjoyed my 16 years in the Department of Education and look forward to my new position and responsibilities.”
Andersen earned each of her three degrees at the University of Houston—a bachelor’s in education, a master’s in curriculum and instruction and her Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction.