Shares Vision for Graduate College
Prosen was recently named dean of the College of Graduate
Studies and Research. Now that she has had some time to settle in
to her new position, she said she is enthusiastic about the opportunity
and has a clear vision for the future of the college.
I would like to ensure that our graduate programs are academically
strong and appropriate for the needs of learners of the 21st century,
as well as their employers,” Prosen said.
because Prosen supports the notion that not all learning takes place
in the classroom, she will promote hands-on experiences for undergraduate
and graduate students. She will also encourage faculty mentors to
share their commitment to research and scholarships with all students.
believe that one of my strengths lies in my research experience,
and my expertise is using research opportunities to enhance both
graduate and undergraduate education at NMU,” Prosen said.
holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, a doctorate in psychobiology,
and a post-doctoral fellowship in auditory physiology. She came
to NMU in 1997. Prosen previously taught biology at Michigan Technological
University and worked in the medical school at the University of
NMU, Prosen has received several grants supporting her research
on how animals hear in noisy environments, and her investigation
of hearing in normal and transgenic mice. The latter have had portions
of their auditory systems genetically altered.
of now, Prosen plans to continue teaching and finishing her research
as long as her new job allows her to take on these additional challenges.
“I have to be realistic about how thinly I can spread my efforts
and still be effective,” Prosen said. “I believe most of my teaching
activities will be in the laboratory rather than the classroom in
for other goals, Prosen hopes to facilitate the founding of a graduate
student organization, explore distance graduate education, and assist
people in developing grant proposals.
like to emphasize that I believe that both parts of my new position—graduate
studies and research—can and should enhance the education of our
undergraduate students,” Prosen said.