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December 2007

Release Date: December 18, 2007

Director Named for New ASU Teaching, Research Center

As the first director of Angelo State University’s new Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research, Dr. Patricia L. “Trish” Hutchinson of the ASU nursing faculty will be responsible for setting up the center and coordinating its start-up programs over the next 20 months.

The half-time appointment was announced by Dr. Carol Diminnie, dean of the College of Graduate Studies and director of research and faculty innovation for the university. The center has been established to provide services to enhance the teaching and research skills of the ASU faculty.

Diminnie said, “Trish brings to the position a strong business, teaching, grant writing and instructional design background. She understands how to integrate technology with pedagogy to make a better learning environment for today’s students. She has a thorough understanding of the teaching-learning process and learning assessment.”

The new director will chart the course of the center’s offerings, which will include workshops and continuing education seminars, teaching performance reviews, instruction on effective research methodologies and instruments, one-on-one consultations and teaching orientations for new faculty and administrators.

Hutchinson, a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, has been a member of the ASU nursing faculty since 1995. Prior to that she had taught at Springfield College in Massachusetts, the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, DeKalb Community College in Doraville, Ga., and Sylva-Webster High School in Sylva, N.C.

Her business experience includes a year as assistant vice president for wellness and community education at Shannon Medical Center; four years as both vice president for wellness and director of the Health Club of San Angelo for Angelo Community Hospital; and a year as director of the Center for Stress Medicine in Atlanta.

Hutchinson holds her bachelor’s and master’s of education degrees from Western Carolina University and her doctorate of education from the University of Georgia. She held a post doctoral fellowship at t the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

She has been involved in more than 19 research projects, received over $600,000 in grant funding, made more than 45 academic presentations and been credited with 10 publications.

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