LCSC Names Pharr As Dean Of Academic Programs
resume reads like a Who's Who list of accomplishments.Now, she
can add another item to the impressive list. Lewis-Clark State College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs J. Anthony Fernandez announced Monday that Pharr is the college's new Dean of Academic Programs. Pharr currently is chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at LCSC.She
has served in that capacity since 2002.She
will begin her
new position on July 1.Fernandez says he will name an interim chair for Natural Sciences and Mathematics by early May.
"I am extremely pleased to accept this position of leadership at LCSC
," says Pharr
says the feeling is mutual.
"While I find teaching very rewarding, my greatest satisfaction comes from helping others accomplish their goals," she
is excited by the challenge of her
"As the academic dean I hope to enhance coordination and cooperation between academic divisions while working to maintain the quality and integrity of academic programs," Pharr
says."I want to be accessible to faculty and students and serve as a liaison between upper administration and the classroom environment.I will seek opportunities to make LCSC
a better place to work and to earn an education." Pharr has been associated with LCSC since 1996 when she started as an assistant professor teaching chemistry.In 2000, she became an associate professor and then became Natural Sciences Division chair two years later.Pharr is teaching a Principles of Chemistry II class this semester and says she loves the classroom environment.
intends to devote most of her
time to coordinator of "big-picture" academic issues next year, she
also says it is important for her
to stay involved with students and faculty on multiple levels. Pharr
was born and raised in Madison, S.D.She graduated from Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D. with degrees in biology and chemistry in 1979.She earned her Master's Degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of South Dakota in 1989 and then received her Ph.D. from the University of Idaho in 1996. Upon graduating from Mount Mary College, Pharr worked as a forensic chemist with the Nebraska State Health Laboratory and then as a chemical scientist with the Brunswick Corp. in Lincoln, Neb.Between 1986 and 1990 Pharr worked as a teaching assistant and undergraduate laboratory research supervisor while completing her Master's degree in Analytical Chemistry at the University of South Dakota.During that time she also taught a semester in the evening at Mount Marty, which confirmed her desire to pursue a Ph.D. and become a college professor.Pharr earned her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Idaho while working as a teaching assistant and research assistant.She
was ultimately hired as a visiting instructor while completing her
dissertation in 1995-96. Pharr has served on numerous committees during her time at LCSC, including chairing the College Hearing Board in 1997-98 and the College Curriculum Committee in 2001-02.She has served on advisory panels for agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the Faculty Program Advisory Panel for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. Through these groups Pharr has worked to make connections between government research/funding agencies and educational institutions. Pharr
has published and presented both her
scientific and pedagogical research at local, state and national meetings. Last year, Pharr was nominated by an LCSC student for the 8th Edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers and is a member of the Women's Higher Education Roundtable.She
has been actively involved in several grants the college has received.She is a member of Sigma Xi and the American Chemical Society.