Melody Rose takes on administrative role

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Melody Rose, the previous Division of Political Science chair, was recently named the vice provost for academic programs and instruction.

“The opportunity to serve the university at a larger capacity became available,” Rose said. “The vice provost reports directly to the provost and also has a specific portfolio of responsibilities.”

As vice provost, Rose will oversee Graduate Studies, University Studies, the University Honors Program, the McNair Scholars Program and the U.S. Army GOLD Program. She will also supervise issues relating to learning and assessment, community-university partnerships, curriculums and accreditation.

Rose is the founder and director of the Center for Women, Politics & Policy. Her main focus of research is the involvement of women in American government. Additionally, she organizes a number of student leadership training programs designed for high school and college females.

Rose is also the author of many articles and books. Her most recent book, “Hillary Clinton’s Race for the White House: Gender Politics and the Media on the Campaign Trail,” was published in 2009.

Along with her new set of tasks, Rose still maintains a regular position as a political analyst on local, state and national media outlets on matters of voting, elections and women’s political action.

Dr. David Kinsella, a current political science professor at PSU, is Rose’s replacement as chair for the Division of Political Science. He is also the director of Public Affairs.

“The job mainly entails managing and coordinating the various duties of the political science faculty: course planning and scheduling, enrollment monitoring, committee assignments, etc,” Kinsella said.

Kinsella currently teaches courses in international law, politics and national security policy. ?

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