Kennesaw State names College of Humanities and Social Sciences assistant dean

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Dawn Latta Kirby is author, writing specialist and Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project director…

Georgia (Sep 25, 2009)Dawn Latta Kirby is author, writing specialist and Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project director

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 25, 2008) — Following an extensive nationwide search, Kennesaw State University has appointed Dawn Latta Kirby, professor of English and director of the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project, assistant dean for the College of Humanities and Social Science. She replaces Hugh Hunt Jr., who retired this month.   

 “Dr. Kirby was the overall strongest candidate, with an outstanding record of scholarship, teaching and program leadership,” said Richard Vengroff, dean of KSU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “She brings considerable experience to this important position.”  
Kirby, who joined Kennesaw State in 2005 as professor of English and English education, is the co-author of “Inside Out: Strategies for Teaching Writing” and “New Directions in Teaching Writing: Memoir.” She will continue in her role as director of the nationally affiliated writing project, a position she has held since 2007. In addition, Kirby has served as program coordinator for the English concentration in the education doctoral program implemented at KSU in 2006.
As assistant dean, Kirby, who holds a bachelor’s and doctorate in education from the University of Georgia and a master’s in education from Georgia State University, will help lead the largest of KSU’s seven colleges, with more than 7,000 students.
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.
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