By FATIMA FAKHREDDINE, Staff Writer
The New Year is here with changes to the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s College of Education, Health, and Human Services. Janine Janosky is the new Dean of the college, Susan Everett is Chair of the Department of Education, and Julie Roddy is Chair of Department of Health and Human services.
“I am honored and excited to be serving as the Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS), and to join the UM-D community,” Janosky said. Over the past four years, Janoksy has been serving as the Vice President and Head of the Center for Community Health Improvement and Senior Fellow at the BioInnovation Institute in Akron, Ohio. Also, she is holding academic appointments in statics at The University of Akron and Family and Community Health at the Northeast Ohio Medical University.
Janoksy is readily prepared to take on the position of Dean. “Through this appointment, I am pleased to be joining–for the first time–UM-D and the Southeastern Michigan region,” she said. As the new Dean, she sees CEHHS in a position to continue their traditions with the development of new programs and initiatives in education, health, and human services.
According to Janoksy, “much of what has been completed in creating and the near future directions of CEHHS resonates with me. Anchored on the decades long success of the College of Education is now the broadened College of Education, Health, and Human Services.”
“As Dean, through working with all within CEHHS and UM-D and those within the Greater Southeastern Michigan region, we will have the opportunity for local impact, regional influence, and national recognition for our innovative model,” continues Janosky, “The opportunity to collaborate with others for the collective impact of improving our human condition is what inspires me. My experience has taught me that the strongest and most sustainable collective impact comes from a broad-based inclusion of diverse areas of thought and focus.”
Susan Everett and Julie Roddy respectively have their own plans for their positions.
Everett is looking forward to working with her new colleagues to make programs that will be good experiences for the students.
“With the School of Education transitioning to the new College of Education, Health, and Human Services, this is a great opportunity to serve our unit,” Everett continues, “One such program that is currently under development is the Community Health Education major. Several faculty from both CEHHS and CASL were involved in developing the major and we see connections that will be beneficial to students whether they are in health programs or in education programs.”
Roddy is interested to accomplish different health programs for students to enroll in by Fall 2014.
“Our goal is to have 3 undergraduate health programs available for student enrollment in fall 2014. We want the University of Michigan-Dearborn to be known for quality health programs that produce highly sought after Bachelor’s degree students. I want our students contributing to better health in the Metropolitan community in a variety of ways,” Roddy said.