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Walsh Appoints Dr. Ute S. Lahaie Dean of Undergraduate Studies

What's New, 2012-08-08

Walsh University has announced the appointment of Dr. Ute S. Lahaie as the new Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

As Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Lahaie will provide administrative support and oversight for all undergraduate majors and programs, including general education and honors. In addition, she will co-chair the Faculty Committee on Retention, Promotion, and Tenure, the Academic Leadership Council, and adjudicate undergraduate academic grievances.

Dr. Lahaie joins Walsh from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, where she served as Chair of the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and as Professor of French and German. As Department Chair, Dr. Lahaie successfully conducted the departmental five-year review that led to several keys points being added to the university's master strategic plan, the addition of a new faculty line, and an increase in the operational budget. She also implemented a faculty development program for junior faculty resulting in a stronger work ethic in the department and greater work productivity. In her role as Professor, she successfully led a group of Honors students on a five-week summer-abroad trip to Germany to study the country's history and culture in a "live classroom."

Prior to her position at Gardner-Webb University, Dr. Lahaie held a dual appointment as Director of the Language Acquisition Center and Professor of German at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. As Director, she developed a funding proposal for a new language learning center resulting in the successful procurement of a one-million dollar internal funding grant, which she used to create a new state-of-the-art learning center, for which she developed a series of faculty development workshops. Dr. Ute Lahaie earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. from Justus-Liebig University.

In addition, Dr. Lahaie currently serves as the President of the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT). Prior to her appointment as IALLT President, she served in various roles on the Executive Board of IALLT's national and regional organizations. She was also the Editor of the Language Learning Center Management Manual, which is one of IALLT's capstone publications. She is the recipient of the Marie Sheppard 2005 Award—an IALLT award for outstanding contributions to IALLT publications.