David L. Garrison Named Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Programs

August 03, 2004

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David L. Garrison Named Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Programs

Georgetown University Provost James J. O'Donnell announced the appointment of David L. Garrison, Ph.D., as the McDonough School of Business associate dean and director of undergraduate programs, effective September 1. Garrison will succeed Ann-Mary Kapusta, who in April announced her decision to retire after more than 20 years at the university. Garrison comes to Georgetown from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he has served as professor and head of the English department since 2001.

"David brings to his new position a ready-made appreciation for integrating the spirit and substance of the liberal arts into preparation for professional responsibility in business - a hallmark of the Georgetown education," said O'Donnell in a statement.

In his new position, Garrison will be responsible for the management and delivery of all undergraduate programs at the McDonough School. He will provide leadership on admissions, curricular development, student advising and mentoring, and academic standards.

"I am very pleased at this opportunity to contribute to the work of the university and especially the work on the McDonough School of Business," said Garrison. "I look forward to participating in the ongoing well-grounded, well-respected and adventurous projects within the undergraduate programs and in the bigger projects of the Georgetown University community."

Garrison has more than 15 years of full-time teaching experience at the university level as well as nine years of experience serving as a department head, first in the Department of Humanities at Spalding University and then at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, during which he has been involved in curriculum reform and innovation, managed a re-accreditation review, and taught and advised many undergraduates, as well as graduate and non-traditional students.

Garrison's research interests include American poetry of the last half-century - particularly the poetry of Charles Wright; the social and cultural impact of the Delta Blues; and Irish literature and culture. He has published more than 20 articles and is completing a monograph on Wright, forthcoming from the University of Tennessee Press. An active poet, Garrison has published works in a variety of national and regional literary journals.

He earned his bachelor's degree in English from Appalachian State University, his master's degree in English from Baylor University, and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota.

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