Arcadia University announced that Barbara Nodine, Ph.D., who has served for more than four decades in faculty and leadership positions at the University, will serve as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs for the 2014-15 academic year. During this time, Arcadia will conduct an international search for the University’s next provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
Nodine, who also holds the rank of professor of psychology, joined Arcadia in 1970 as a faculty member in the Psychology Department. She also has held several academic leadership positions at Arcadia, including chair of the Psychology Department and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. During her tenure at Arcadia, Nodine has been recognized for her research and work in the applications of cognitive psychology to teaching and learning, and has maintained a deep dedication to the research-based, student-centered curriculum that guides the Psychology Department at Arcadia.
“During the several decades that I have been at Arcadia University, I have seen many changes, including witnessing the transition from a small women’s college to a university offering a wide array of graduate and undergraduate programs,” said Nodine. “One characteristic seems unchanged to me: We are a strongly student-oriented institution—we value relationships with students in which we provide rigorous learning opportunities in a supportive context.”
Nodine earned a bachelor’s degree at Bucknell University and a doctorate at the University of Massachusetts. Awards she has received for her scholarship and teaching include the American Psychological Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award; the American Psychological Association Teaching Excellence Award; and, at Arcadia, the CASE Professor of the Year and the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinction Teaching.
“We are very excited to have Dr. Barbara Nodine serving as provost this year,” said Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen, president of Arcadia University. “Her exemplary record of teaching, scholarship, and leadership is representative of our extraordinary faculty.”