Dr. Jerry Spotswood has been appointed Assistant Dean of the Graduate School effective June 10, 2012 after a national search for the position in the 2011-12 academic year. Dr. Spotswood joins FHSU from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM, where he served as Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Languages and Literature. As Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Spotswood will lead the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program, teach IDS courses in the MLS core curriculum, assist with internationalization of the campus and curriculum, serve as editor for the Academic Leadership Journal, and perform other duties as assigned by the Dean of the Graduate School/Assistant Provost for Internationalization.
On June 1, 2012, FHSU will launch its 21st graduate degree program with the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) program. Several concentrations that have been housed within the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program will begin offering their concentrations within the MPS instead of the MLS. The MLS concentrations page has been updated to reflect these changes. Students currently in these MLS concentrations will be allowed to complete their degrees or may elect to apply for the new MPS program with no additional application fee or new recommendations. Please contact your advisor for questions about this transition period.
Additionally, the Department of History has decided to discontinue it's concentration within the MLS. The department plans to offer two online non-thesis History degree programs within its Master of Arts program. Students in the MLS History concentration will be allowed to complete their degrees, but as of June 1, no new applications will be accepted for the MLS History concentration. Students desiring a History graduate degree are encouraged to consider the Master of Arts in History degree program.
Global Management is a new concentration that is now available within the MLS program in both on campus and online delivery methods. Global Studies and Global English are two new concentrations that are in the development stage and are tentatively planned for a Spring, 2013 launch.