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PSU Assistant Dean, Karen Marrongelle, accepts Assistant Vice Chancellor position with Oregon University System

Contact: Di Saunders -- Office: 503-725-5714; Cell/Text Message: 971-219-6869; diane_saunders@ous.edu

Portland, OR, July 6, 2011 – Sona Karentz Andrews, vice chancellor of the Oregon University System (OUS), announced today that Dr. Karen Marrongelle, currently assistant dean for research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University, has accepted the position of assistant vice chancellor for academic standards and collaborations with the OUS. Dr. Marrongelle, who will join the OUS Chancellor’s Office in August, is replacing Dr. Bob Turner, who recently retired after a successful tenure with Western Oregon University and the OUS Chancellor’s Office.

Andrews said, “After conducting a national search we could not be more delighted that Dr. Marrongelle will be joining the Chancellor’s Office staff. Karen’s qualifications are perfect for continuing our important work with our K-12 and community college partners, advancing our diversity initiatives, and ensuring that OUS’s work on learning outcomes and assessment ensure the highest quality academic programs. Her expertise and energy will be a great asset.”  Andrews added, “On behalf of the System, I would like to thank the Search Committee, led by assistant vice chancellor Joe Holliday, for their tireless efforts to identify high quality candidates and for the time they spent to ensure such a wonderful outcome.”

In her new position as assistant vice chancellor for academic standards and collaborations in the Office of the Chancellor, Marrongelle will support the vice chancellor in the areas of PK-20 academic standards, student learning assessment, teacher education, diversity/equity efforts, and support for the academic role of OUS faculty. This will include an emphasis on national, statewide and OUS initiatives directed at monitoring and enhancing the success of students as they move into and through OUS institutions.

Prior to joining the Chancellor’s Office, Dr. Marrongelle served as assistant dean for research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at PSU beginning in 2010 where she was also an active faculty member in the Fairborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics. From 2001-2007 at PSU, Marrongelle was an assistant professor and then an associate professor in the same department. In her work at PSU, she directed the Mathematics Education Doctoral Program, was a mathematics advisor to the Graduate Teacher Education Program, designed and implemented mathematics courses for prospective and practicing teachers, conducted an active research program in undergraduate mathematics education, and led three major National Science Foundation-funded projects focused on the professional development of K-12 mathematics teachers. From 2007-2009, Marrongelle served on a rotation as a program officer at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., while a tenured faculty member at PSU.

Prior to her work at PSU, Marrongelle was an instructor at the University of New Hampshire in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics; and an instructor of mathematics at The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

Dr. Marrongelle has published numerous book chapters and journal articles, including “Enhancing meaning in mathematics: Drawing on what students know about the physical world,” and “Research-based strategies for teaching: Linking student thinking with mathematical ideas.” She is also a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and meetings, and has many community outreach achievements such as serving on committees of local and national professional organizations. Marrongelle has received numerous honors, grants and fellowships, including the Outstanding Researcher Award in Mathematical Sciences in 2006 from the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of Sigma Xi; and several National Science Foundation grants in the area of mathematics education.

Marrongelle received a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of New Hampshire; an M.S. in Mathematics from Lehigh University; and a B.S. in Mathematics/Philosophy from Albright College.

Oregon University System (OUS) comprises seven distinguished public universities and one branch campus, reaching more than one million people each year through on-campus classes, statewide public services and lifelong learning. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board of OUS, is composed of twelve members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For additional information, go to www.ous.edu