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Dr. Michael Newsome

Dean of Curriculum and Assessment

As Dean of Curriculum and Assessment, Dr. Newsome is primarily responsible for coordinating and leading curriculum development across all programs, implementing and maintaining the faculty evaluation process, and developing and managing the institutional learning objective assessment process.  He supervises the seven academic Department Chairs, who in turn supervise the faculty.  Michael works closely with other academic Directors, the VP of Outreach, and the two Senior Vice Presidents (of Residential and Virtual programs) to complete ad hoc administrative duties important to ongoing operations.  For example, his recent duties have included developing, implementing, and managing institutional policies such as the Search and Screening Guidelines and the Department Chair Selection Process.  Another role is to help senior leadership make decisions by providing advice and analysis, including basic statistical analyses.  Finally, an important job responsibility is maintaining open communication between faculty, Department Heads, Division Chairs, and senior leadership, including developing training videos for faculty and students.

Dr. Newsome has a PhD in economics. Before coming to GSSM he worked 18 years at Marshall University, reaching the rank of tenured Full Professor.  Michael has experience as an MBA Director of traditional, executive, and international programs.  He also has experience as a policy research consultant.  He has taught at the high school, undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels, and has taught students in several countries, including designing and leading programs for American students studying abroad and teaching foreign students in their own countries.  Dr. Newsome has extensive experience teaching in project-based learning, service learning, and interdisciplinary environments.  

Michael strives to be a positive an active member of his local community.  He and his wife, Aimei, a CPA, both enjoy exercising, hiking, and international travel.