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Irvin takes reign for Academic Affairs at Poly


January 16, 2007
MESA, Ariz. — Glenn Irvin has been appointed vice provost for Academic Affairs at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus, replacing David Schwalm who was named dean of School of Applied Arts & Sciences, effective immediately.

“Dr. Glenn Irvin is exceptionally prepared by his well-placed experience and academic preparation to guide the development of the Polytechnic campus program of study,” said Albert McHenry, ASU vice president and executive vice provost of the Polytechnic campus. “His insights into our focused mission and the academic differentiation factors that represent Poly’s placement in the ASU constellation have been honed during his stint as dean of School of Applied Arts & Sciences. I am extremely happy to have him as a major member of our team.”

In his new capacity, Irvin is responsible for working collaboratively across the campus academic units to ensure that academic programs are coordinated. He also is responsible for faculty development and making recommendations to the executive vice provost and the vice president for Academic Personnel on all tenure/continuing appointment and promotion cases.  He will report directly to the ASU vice president and executive vice provost of the Polytechnic campus.

“I’m excited about the challenges of this new assignment and the opportunity to work with the entire campus in developing the polytechnic learning environment,” said Irvin. “Both David and I believe this change will help advance the college, campus and university, and we are excited about the prospect of continuing our work together in this new relationship and accelerating the development of the polytechnic program of study.”

Irvin served as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs for five years at ASU’s West campus before taking the dean position at the Polytechnic campus in 2003. While he was dean, enrollment in School of Applied Arts & Sciences nearly doubled, making it the largest college on the Polytechnic campus.

Prior to joining ASU, Irvin worked at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California, where he served as vice provost for Academic Affairs and as dean of the School of Liberal Arts. His knowledge of a polytechnic model will aid in the implementation of a similar educational option at Arizona State University. Prior to Cal Poly, he held administrative and academic positions of increasing responsibility at East Texas State University (Texas A&M — Commerce).

Irvin’s publications include articles, book chapters and reviews on literary scholarship, higher and general education, and teacher education.

He received his Ph.D., master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English from Arizona State University.