Dr. Susan M. Muller—an experienced higher education leader with a strong background in health and exercise science—has been named Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Stephens College.
Muller most recently served as Director of the School of Health Sciences at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she developed a new vision, mission statement and values for the school. She also helped begin the process of developing a new M.S. degree in Athletic Training and worked with faculty to complete a proposal for a B.S. in Nutrition and Fitness.
Prior to that, she was on faculty at Murray State University, where she served as Dean of the College of Health Sciences & Human Services, and at Salisbury University, where she served as Chair of the Department of Health and Sport Sciences and Director of the Health Education Program.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Muller to Stephens,” said Dr. Suzan Harkness, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “An experienced health educator, administrator and leader, she has the qualifications we were seeking to take our health sciences programming to new levels. Her proven ability to provide strategic planning, develop new programming and identify innovative partnerships will solidify Stephens’ reputation as a leader in health sciences.”
Muller takes the helm of the School of Health Sciences at an exciting time, Harkness said. The school recently became independent of humanities as part of a college-wide restructuring that aligns programs into four schools, each with a clear, focused mission—the School of Health Sciences; the School of Design, which includes fashion and marketing programs; the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, which includes film, education, equestrian, English, creative writing and psychology; and the School of Performing Arts.
Science programming at Stephens is evolving, as well. This summer, the college will begin accepting applications for the new Master of Physician Assistant Studies with the first cohort expected to matriculate in August 2016. Last year, the college also added a Bachelor of Health Science and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Health Professions that will allow college graduates to pick up the science credits they need to apply to medical, veterinary science or other pre-professional programs. Earlier this year, the college created the Academy of Health Sciences to promote additional science programming on campus.
“I am excited to be joining the faculty and staff at Stephens College during this time of academic restructuring and growth in the health sciences,” Muller said. “The Health Sciences faculty and I will work with Dr. Harkness to further develop our academic offerings. I anticipate new opportunities for Stephens College students to study in the health science disciplines in the near future.”
Muller holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Health Education from the University of Maryland; a B.S. in Biological Science from Salisbury University; and a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She was elected a Fellow for the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals in 2013, and in 2011, was selected as a Fellow for the American Association of Health Education. While at Salisbury, she earned the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2006. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), is a Certified Sports Nutrition Consultant, and a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.
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