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Schools debut new degrees, faces and spaces this fall


New faces: The target enrollment for the Class of 2017 is about 1,350 students. Expect to see an increase in diversity, especially among African Americans, and in students interested in studying the humanities. New faculty members represent a continuing commitment to languages, literature, and new perspectives in the humanities, as well as a further investment in the basic sciences curriculum and quantitative methods in the social sciences.

New directions: Faculty committees are developing strategies for a multi-year plan to enhance traditional strengths in the arts and sciences, and in new, interdisciplinary areas, including contemporary China studies, digital and new media studies, and neurosciences.

Faculty honors: Natasha Trethewey, director of the Creative Writing Program, has been appointed to a second term as U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.

Noteworthy programs: A new Human Health major builds on Emory’s strong foundation in the health sciences.

New facilities: Completion of the Atwood Chemistry Center addition, expected in 2015, adds 70,000 square feet of new space; about 40,000 square feet of existing space is renovated.

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Incoming class: Oxford College welcomes an entering class of approximately 505, for a total enrollment of approximately 930.

New library opens: The Oxford College Library and Academic Commons will formally open in an Aug. 24 ceremony. The new building increases library space to 30,000 square feet with spaces for pedagogy and leading-edge technology.

Under construction: Construction proceeds on Fleming Hall, a 206-bed residence hall named for Bond Fleming, former Oxford dean.

New faculty: Oxford welcomes five new faculty members: Jonathan Hulgan, assistant professor of mathematics; Sung (Sean) J. Mo, lecturer in chemistry; Boris Nikolaev, assistant professor of economics; Deric Shannon, assistant professor of sociology; and Erin C. Tarver, assistant professor of philosophy.

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Incoming class: Candler welcomes 160 incoming students from 12 countries, 22 states and 27 Christian denominations.

New programs: Candler is launching five new degree programs, including Doctor of Ministry; Master of Religious Leadership; Master of Religion and Public Life and two dual degrees, Master of Divinity/Master of Development Practice; and Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work.

New faculty: Joining Candler are Nichole Renée Phillips, assistant professor of religion and human difference; and Thomas W. Elliott, Jr., assistant professor in the practice of practical theology, director of Contextual Education II, and director of the Teaching Parish Program.

New facilities: Construction of phase II of Candler’s building program continues in the area formerly occupied by Bishops Hall.

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Incoming class: The Laney Graduate School welcomes 349 new degree-seeking students. Eighty-three percent of the students are pursuing a PhD.

New programs: This year, LGS will offer several new dual degree programs: the Master of Public Health/Doctor of Philosophy, the Master of Arts in Bioethics/Master of Public Health, the Master of Arts in Bioethics/Master of Nursing Science and the Master’s in Development Practice/Master of Divinity. The school will also offer a new Injury and Violence Prevention certificate program.

Noteworthy: LGS will present the second annual Emory University STEM Research and Career Symposium, bringing faculty advisers and students to campus for two days of shared research presentations and for networking, mentoring and recruitment; as well as the second annual 3MT at Emory competition, where students explain research projects to non-specialist audiences.

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Incoming class: The first-year class has 139 students (70 male and 69 female), ages 21-31; 61 percent are non-traditional students (one year or more since receiving undergraduate degree).

Agreement with Grady: The medical school and Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation executed a new five-year agreement, replacing the 1984 agreement with the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority.

Recent appointments: Leon Haley, associate professor of emergency medicine, is executive associate dean of clinical services for Grady and chief medical officer of the Emory Medical Care Foundation. Ravi Bellamkonda is chair of the Wallace Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory. David Stephens, vice president for research in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, is interim chair of the Department of Medicine.

New research space: Researchers are continuing to move into the new Health Sciences Research Building on Haygood Drive, which focuses on pediatric research.

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Incoming class: The 286 new students are from 23 states and 18 countries and range in age from 19 to 54. Approximately 48 percent hold bachelor’s degrees in other disciplines.

New programs: New degree programs are an MSN program in Health Systems Leadership for 21st century nurse leaders and Doctor of Nursing Practice to give registered nurses a terminal degree in nursing practice as an alternative to a research-intensive PhD program. Students in a new Emory-VA Nursing Academic Partnership program focus on veterans’ care.

New faculty: Joining the faculty and its leadership are Charles Downes, assistant professor; Anne Dunlop, research associate professor; Melissa Faulkner, associate dean for educational innovation and acting professor of nursing; Kristy Martyn, assistant dean for clinical advancement and acting professor of nursing; Sudeshna Paul, research assistant professor; Melissa Pinto, assistant professor of nursing; Kim Sharkey, clinical associate professor; Mary Jane Lewitt, clinical assistant professor.

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Incoming class: Rollins welcomes 29 incoming PhD students, and its largest expected class of approximately 567 MPH/MSPH students and largest group of approximately 116 international students. The international students represent 27 countries and include 11 Humphrey Fellows, 3 Foege Fellows and 21 King Abdullah Fellows. 

New faculty: Thirteen faculty members joined the school. Faculty promotions include: Viola Vaccarino as the Wilton Looney Chair of Cardiovascular Research in the Department of Epidemiology and Thomas Clasen as the Rose Salamone Gangarosa Chair in Sanitation and Safe Water in the Department of Environmental Health.

New programs: Rollins now offers a certificate in Injury Prevention and Control and a dual degree in public health and bioethics (MPH/MA). The Clarkston-Community Engaged Learning Program is a new initiative that provides opportunities for students to work in the Clarkston community.

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Incoming class: The Two-Year MBA Class of 2015 includes 157 students from 20 countries. Seven students are military veterans and 12 are pursuing joint degrees: five JD/MBA and seven MBA/MPH. The 45 students in the Weekend Executive MBA Class of 2015 represent such industries as health care, consumer goods, transportation, entertainment and consulting.  The Evening MBA Class of 2016 is the largest since fall 2009 and is 30 percent female, representing 10 countries and more than 70 employers.

Speaker series: Goizueta continues its Dean’s Leadership Speakers Series for students and alumni.

New faculty: Oliver Randall, assistant professor of finance; Tongil Kim, assistant professor of marketing; and two, non-tenure track positions: William Black, assistant professor in the practice of accounting and Susan Crosson, senior lecturer in accounting.

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Incoming class: Emory Law welcomes students from 37 states, 18 countries and 150 undergraduate institutions for its Juris Doctorate, Juris Masters (JM), Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science programs.

Program highlight: Sixty-five students are now enrolled in the JM program, which was launched a year ago and now includes several doctors and HR professionals, as well as a chief technology officer. Apply to the spring semester JM program by Oct. 31.

Recent appointments: New faculty: Urska Velikonja. Visiting faculty: Margo Bagley 96L, Professor of Law at University of Virginia; and Ruth Okediji, William L. Prosser Professor of Law at University of Minnesota.  Staff appointments: Silas Allard 11L 11T, associate director, Center for the Study of Law and Religion; Matt McCoyd 93L, associate director, Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, and David Tkeshelashvili 06L, associate director, Center for International and Comparative Law.

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