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Poslusny Assumes Expanded Role Overseeing the Common Student Experience

Dr. Matthew Poslusny of Garnet Valley, Pa., has expanded his current role at Widener University as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to now include formal responsibilities for the development and implementation of common learning experiences for all undergraduate students. His new title is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Common Student Experience. His new title is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Common Student Experience.

In assuming this new title, Poslusny is now responsible for working with faculty and the Office of Student Life to develop and maintain common curricular/co-curricular freshman experiences and to explore potential common student experiences for sophomores, juniors and seniors, both curricular and co-curricular. He’ll also assist in efforts to increase participation by students and faculty in freshman seminars.

In addition, Poslusny will poslusnyPoslusny became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2005, and has since guided the college through many major initiatives, including the crafting of a strategic plan, the formalization of a student research program with on-campus summer housing and the development of approaches for assessing student learning outcomes.Along with his new responsibilities, Poslusny will continue his co-leadership role in the Academic Citizenship and Leadership Training program for academic administrators at Widener. He’ll also assist in the university-wide orientation programming for new faculty.focus on student retention, working with the director of Student Success and Retention and faculty and academic administrators to develop programming, strategies and processes focused on retention. He’ll also support faculty and administrative staff in creating and delivering common freshman experiences like living-learning communities.

“Given this record of accomplishment and his history of highly effective collaborative work with faculty and administrators across the university, I am delighted that Dean Poslusny is willing to take on additional responsibilities regarding the common student experience at Widener University,” said Widener Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Stephen C. Wilhite.

Poslusny earned his associate degree from the County College of Morris in physical science, his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from East Texas State University and his doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of North Texas.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,700 students. Visit the university website,