UND Arts & Sciences Dean Kathleen Tiemann accepts Merrimack College position

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UND Dean of Arts & Sciences Kathleen Tiemann, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and former chair of sociology, has accepted the position of dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.

"Dean Tiemann has done an extraordinary job as interim dean," said Paul LeBel, provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of law.

Tiemann was selected to succeed Martha Potvin as dean (in an interim role) of UND's College of Arts & Sciences in 2010.

"She has maintained the College's forward momentum, begun introducing the next generation of departmental leaders, encouraged the development of new interdisciplinary programs, and managed some very difficult situations with firmness and sensitivity," LeBel said. "The College and the University have been well served by Dean Tiemann, and I know I speak for my colleagues in expressing gratitude for her distinguished service. I'm happy that she has this opportunity at Merrimack; they've made a terrific choice."

Tiemann previously served as associate dean of the college. Her teaching interests include gender and sexualities, deviance and social control, and introduction to sociology. Her research focuses on gender, teaching pedagogy, and applied sociology. She joined UND in 1988 as a faculty member in sociology and was appointed department chair in 2005. She was named Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, UND's highest faculty honor, in 2009.

Tiemann also has served in leadership roles on a number of national organizations, most recently as executive editor for Humanity & Society, secretary-treasurer for the American Sociological Association Section on Undergraduate Education, associate editor for Teaching Sociology and as a member of the American Sociological Association Departmental Resources Group.

A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Tiemann received her bachelor's degree in sociology from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. She earned her master's and doctorate degrees from Western Michigan University.

Tiemann begins her new position at Merrimack this summer.