Departmental Reassignments this Fall

January 15, 2013

Dr. Pat Lipira
(417) 625-9394

JOPLIN, MO (SNS) – Missouri Southern State University will implement several departmental reassignments this fall, according to Dr. Pat Lipira, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The School of Health Sciences, Public Safety, and Technology will soon experience a name change to the School of Health Sciences.  The renaming reflects recent changes that will be implemented for the 2013 fall semester. 

The Computer Information Science and Engineering Technology departments will move to the Robert W. Plaster School of Business, while the Criminal Justice Administration Department will move to the School of Arts and Sciences.  The School of Health Sciences will be led by Dr. Tia Strait. The change will allow Strait to build and expand programs in health sciences which are of critical importance to the state as well as the nation.
"The decision to create a stand-alone School of Health Sciences is our way of investing in health care programs and professionals to serve our region and the State of Missouri," says Dr. Strait. "Despite tough economic times, health care remains one of the largest and fastest-growing industries. There is a need to increase the capacity of educational programs and clinical experiences for our students."
To meet industry needs, said Dr. John Groesbeck, Dean of the Robert W. Plaster School of Business, universities must occasionally restructure their offerings.

"My school now has two additional departments, both of which provide classes that lead to degrees in areas that are part of the world of business as it exists today," Groesbeck said. "It's a very positive, proactive move on the part of Missouri Southern.  I couldn't be more pleased."

Dr. Richard Miller, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, says he is delighted about the addition to his school.
"I am very excited to be adding the Department of Criminal Justice Administration to the School of Arts and Sciences," said Miller. "Not only is this a logical alignment but the expertise of the faculty in Criminal Justice will enhance the offerings of the School of Arts and Sciences. I am looking forward to working with the faculty in the future."
The reassignments will take effect in the fall 2013 semester.  No changes in academic programs or class offerings are anticipated as part of the move. 

According to Dr. Lipira, the Spring semester will allow time to transition into this new departmental structure.  "We want to continue to meet the ever-changing needs of our students," she added.