(January 23, 2017) – Dr. Delana Gajdosik-Nivens has been promoted to the position of dean of the College of Science and Technology at Armstrong State University and began her new role Jan. 1, 2017. Gajdosik-Nivens served as the interim dean of the College of Science and Technology since June 2016.
“We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Gajdosik-Nivens has been named the dean of the College of Science and Technology,” says Armstrong Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert Smith. “Her career has been defined by a strong commitment to innovative undergraduate education and research. She will continue to be a valued leader within the Armstrong community.”
In her new position, Gajdosik-Nivens serves as the chief academic and fiscal officer for the College of Science and Technology. She also lends support to faculty in teaching, scholarship, service and professional development, in addition to maintaining productive collaborations with sister University System of Georgia institutions. As a member of the Council of Deans, she works collaboratively with the university’s other deans.
Gajdosik-Nivens joined Armstrong in 2000 as a Chemistry professor and in 2010 was promoted to assistant dean of the College of Science and Technology. During her tenure, she supported undergraduate research and innovative chemical education pedagogies through numerous external grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation, among others. She also served as vice president for the Faculty Senate and chaired or served on various university and college committees. From 2014 to 2016, she was named the associate provost for Student Engagement and Success and administered programs dedicated to student achievement and support, as well as retention initiatives for all students.
Gajdosik-Nivens earned a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of South Carolina in 1998 and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering in Washington D.C.
The College of Science and Technology consists of six academic units: Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Computer Science and Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Psychology. The college offers nine undergraduate and one graduate degree programs enrolling more than 1,600 majors.