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Bronwyn Fees named associate dean for academic affairs

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Bronwyn Fees, associate professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, has named associate dean for academic affairs, announced John Buckwalter, dean of the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University, today.

Bronwyn Fees, associate dean for academic affairs

Bronwyn Fees, associate dean for academic affairs

“Dr. Fees brings outstanding credentials as a teacher, a researcher, a collaborator, an innovator and a leader to the position of associate dean for academic affairs,” Buckwalter said. “Her deep understanding of the college’s mission and the challenges ahead will help us create a culture of excellence for our faculty and students in the College of Human Ecology.”

The associate dean will collaborate in developing, implementing and assessing college-wide efforts in student success, faculty development and distance education.

Fees was named following a national search. She has been interim dean since August 2013.

“To succeed in carrying out the mission of the college and our land-grant university, we must collaborate to provide a culture of continuous innovation and improvement,” Fees said.

She sees her role as an advocate for holistic development of the changing student.

“We want our graduates to be knowledgeable, persistent, innovative and in-demand in the market place,” Fees said. “We want them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. They must be able to think and act globally, to be able to understand and appreciate the perspective of others.”

Fees earned a Ph.D. in human development and family studies/child development at Iowa State University and a M.Ed. in vocational education and B.S. Ed. in family and consumer science education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

She has taught at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Huron University in South Dakota, where she was also director of institutional assessment.

In 1998 she joined the faculty at Kansas State University, where she specialized in child development and early childhood education. Fees' research focuses on physical activity of young children within child care programs, affordances of the physical environment for children with autism and international perspectives on early education. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on curriculum and physical activity in early education programs.

Fees is a licensed teacher and member of the early childhood education unit, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as co-chair of the life span human development unit, mentoring master's and doctoral students at K-State. She has led study tours to China and Hungary and collaborates on research in China and Tanzania.

Fees serves on the board for the World Organization for Preschool Education (OMEP) and the Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities and has served on national grant reviews panels for Head Start and numerous professional journals.

She headed the child development sub-committee of the Kansas State Department of Education Early Childhood School Readiness Data Task Force, and she was an original member of state task force creating the early learning guidelines and other subcommittees.

Fees has served as chair of the college's faculty council, on the Graduate School Council, and University Faculty Senate (Faculty Executive Committee) as well as numerous school search and organizational committees.

The College of Human Ecology consists of academic units involved in teaching, research and outreach in the areas of kinesiology, family studies and human services, apparel and textiles, interior design, family and consumer sciences education, hospitality management, dietetics, human nutrition, athletic training and gerontology.

Prepared by College of Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, Center on Aging, College News, Family Studies & Human Services, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management, Kinesiology.