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Undergraduate Studies | Communications

April 20, 2012

 TO:  American University Faculty and Staff
 FROM:  Virginia (Lyn) Stallings, Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
 SUBJECT:  Appointment of Sarah Menke-Fish as Director of University College And Learning Communities


I am pleased to announce the appointment of Assistant Professor Sarah Menke-Fish as Director of the University College and Learning Communities effective May 1, 2012.

Professor Menke-Fish comes to the position from the School of Communication (SOC) where she began as an adjunct professor in 1993.  Since then she has served as a Scholar in Residence and then, as of 2003, Assistant Professor in SOC.  During this time she has distinguished herself as a teacher and an innovator, winning both a University Faculty Award for Adjunct Professor of the Year and Professor of the Year by the American University Student Government.  This year, Professor Menke-Fish received the American University award for Outstanding Teaching in a Term Appointment. Professor Menke-Fish is a pioneer in incorporating meaningful community service into the curriculum as exemplified in the courses she has taught in both the University College and the first-year Learning Communities. She also has a solid track record as Director of the SOC Discover the World of Communication Program since 2001, which attracts nearly 500 hundred students from 47 states and 15 countries.  Professor Menke-Fish was a teacher and administrator in the Montgomery County school system prior to coming to American University.

As Director of University College, Professor Menke-Fish will work with Admissions to recruit a diverse pool of engaged students to the UC and learning community programs.  She will also work closely with the faculty and academic units to develop the first-year seminar curriculum and recruit engaged faculty to share their passions and interests by teaching in the UC and learning communities.  In addition she will facilitate meaningful undergraduate research opportunities and oversee the University College Research Symposium. Professor Menke-Fish will continue to teach for SOC and direct the Discover the World of Communication Program.

Please join me in welcoming Professor Menke-Fish to her new position as Director of the University College and Learning Communities, and as a valuable addition to the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.