Karen Marrongelle will serve as interim dean of Portland State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) starting June 23.
Marrongelle has been a faculty member in the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics + Statistics at PSU since 2001 and serves as the vice chancellor for Academic Strategies for the Oregon University System.
As interim CLAS dean, Marrongelle will oversee the largest of PSU’s eight schools and colleges, with 25 departments across the natural and social sciences, arts and letters. The current dean, Sue Beatty, is leaving to become provost at The Sage Colleges in New York.
Sona Andrews, PSU’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, announced the appointment in a May 15 message to CLAS faculty and staff.
Andrews wrote: “The majority of you told me you would like an interim dean to be a person with inside knowledge of the college, who is experienced in leadership, has integrity, can build trust, values all aspects of the college, and has the ability to foster both the teaching and research environment in the college. … I am confident that Karen has all of these characteristics and can serve as a great colleague and leader for PSU.”
Marrongelle served as the assistant vice chancellor for Academic Standards and Collaboration with the OUS from 2011-2013 and served in administrative and faculty roles at PSU from 2001-2011. She has led numerous grants and has collaborated with researchers nationally and internationally to improve undergraduate mathematics education and K-12 mathematics professional development. Marrongelle received a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of New Hampshire, an M.S. in Mathematics from Lehigh University, and a B.S. in Mathematics/Philosophy from Albright College.
“Please join me in welcoming Karen, and at the same time acknowledging Sue’s contributions as dean,” Andrews wrote. “Sue is leaving PSU having accomplished a lot for CLAS, and we wish her the best in her new position.”