The UNC Charlotte College of Health and Human Services is pleased to announce that Dr. Jane Neese, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, has been promoted to Senior Associate Dean for the College.
In her expanded role, Neese, who has served as an associate dean since 2002, will continue to supervise all aspects of college-level management and support of academic programs and curriculum. This encompasses supervision of the CHHS Advising Center and its staff, support and development of all student success programs and support of honors education and the CHHS Learning Community. She will also lead the development and compilation of College’s evaluation plan, and will manage the College’s continuation of operations plan.
“Jane is one of the most dedicated academic administrators I have had the pleasure of working with,” said Dean Nancy Fey-Yensan. “Her deep knowledge of and commitment to the College and our programs has been instrumental in pushing us toward our goals of excellence in teaching, attracting and retaining students and in growing new academic programs.”
Dr. Neese will continue to be involved in supporting the evaluation and curricular aspects of graduate programs, working closely with Dr. Susan Sell, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, as well as department chairs and directors. Working in tandem with the Dean Fey-Yensan, Neese will also be more directly involved with community based engagement efforts as well as improvements in online education, two growth areas for the College of Health and Human Services.
Neese’s top priority will be to implement graduation metrics to help the college better assist students earn their degree in four years. To do so, “we’ll need to examine advising practices, course capacity and offerings as well as budgetary needs to increase our student retention and graduation rates within the college,” she said.
Dr. Neese began her tenure at UNC Charlotte in 1994 as an assistant professor of nursing. Over her 21 year career, she has served under three different deans and bore witness to the exponential growth of a college and university. From 200 students in 1994, to the 3,000 plus that call CHHS home today, Neese has also seen the college add programs or degrees in kinesiology, health administration, public health, social work, respiratory therapy, and neurodiagnostic and sleep sciences.
It’s an evolution she has both catalyzed and admired. “I’m very proud of this university’s emphasis on diversity and inclusion, which I witness within my class as well as commencement,” she said. “I’m also very proud of our faculty whose diligence is seen in our eight accreditations and our expanding research programs throughout the college.”