University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Robert Hill named Dean of Education and Human Development

UND is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert D. Hill, professor and former chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah, as Dean of the College of Education and Human Development. Hill will assume his duties on July 1, 2013. Hill is the successor to Daniel Rice, who led the College as Dean through July 1, 2012, at which time he returned to a faculty position. Dennis Caine is currently serving as Interim Dean.

Hill’s appointment was announced by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Paul LeBel. “It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Dr. Hill to our university community and the academic leadership team,” LeBel said. “Dean Rice and Interim Dean Caine have both provided an outstanding foundation on which the new administration can build. This is an exciting time for the College, and Dr. Hill will enjoy strong support as he comes on board.”

Hill becomes Dean following a national search chaired by Dean Kathryn Rand of the School of Law. Kathleen Gershman, chair of the Department of Educational Foundations and Research, served as vice-chair of the committee. The work of the committee was assisted by Kate Haley and Mercedes Vance of the search consulting firm Witt/Kieffer. Said Dean Rand, “We’re very grateful to the members of the search committee and all the constituencies of the College for their efforts in the search process. Dr. Hill will make a strong contribution to the College’s mission of teaching, research and service in preparing students to make exceptional contributions in education and improving the quality of life.”

Said Hill, “The College of Education and Human Development has a wonderful faculty and staff who are committed to the highest standards of student learning. I am deeply honored to receive this leadership appointment and am enthusiastic to build further the vision of excellence and the public mission that defines the College of Education and Human Development at the University of North Dakota.”

Robert Hill

Hill’s career at Utah began in 1988, when he joined the Department as an Assistant Professor. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Hill was a Leadership Fellow of the American Council on Education, which enabled him to work closely with the President of Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Hill’s scholarly interests are in higher education programming and in adult lifespan development. He studies continuing education strategies in adult learners and is the author of Positive Aging: A guide for mental health professionals and consumers, published by WW Norton in 2005. He has written numerous articles and books on multiple topics including higher education, web-based strategies for learning in adults, and community-university partnerships. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Specialist, a semi-annual publication of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and is a Diplomate in Counseling Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology. He was a Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands in 2003-04, and at various times has been a visiting scholar in Australia and in New Zealand and a research scientist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

Hill holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in Psychology and School Psychology from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University.

-- Peter B. Johnson, executive associate vice president for University Relations/media relations coordinator, 777.4317, peter.johnson@UND.edu.


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