George Lord, Ph.D., has assumed his appointment as the next campus dean and director of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Political Science (SPEA) at Indiana University Northwest. He is also a full professor within the school’s graduate faculty.
"We really think Dr. Lord is a good fit for many reasons," said former SPEA director Joseph Pellicciotti, vice chancellor for enrollment services. "One of those being that he comes to IU Northwest with a great deal of interdisciplinary administration experience, which relates well because we are an interdisciplinary school."
Most recently Lord was a professor of sociology and dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Grambling State University, Grambling, La. During his time as dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Grambling State University, Lord led a school with 11 departments and 125 faculty members in humanities, social sciences and fine arts. Among his accomplishments, including increasing enrollment and participating in two accreditation reviews, he established a Black Heritage Institute and a Center for Writing Excellence.
Prior to that position, he was the Department Chair in the Department of Criminology, Sociology, Social Work, and Geography at Arkansas State University, State University, Ark., where he again increased enrollment and improved the faculty’s ability to do research and teach in tenured positions.
Lord also established a new Center for Social Research with the capability to conduct both qualitative and quantitative research, the centerpiece of the infrastructure is a Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing lab that allows for conducting local, regional and national telephone surveys and is utilized in the teaching of social research.
"The work that SPEA does in the community was of high interest to me because throughout my career in higher education I have had a strong focus in this area. Also, the university’s Shared Vision strategic planning process is moving in the direction I feel I can have an impact. I saw how very clearly and easily I could fit into this process and be successful," Lord said.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Christopher Newport College of the College of William and Mary (now Christopher Newport University), Newport News, Va., a Master of Arts and Doctorate degree in Sociology, with a minor in political science, from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
The IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, located on six IU campuses, is committed to teaching, research, and service in areas such as criminal justice, environmental science, health administration and public policy. The school maintains continuing relations with a large number of public agencies at all levels of government, public and private hospitals and health organizations, nonprofit organizations and corporations in the private sector.
Two of SPEA’s graduate concentrations are ranked among the top 10 programs nationally in the 2005 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s "America’s Best Graduate Schools. The school has also earned national distinction for innovative educational programs that combine administrative, social, economic, financial and environmental disciplines. The school's faculty are recognized worldwide for their research and service to federal, state, local and foreign governments and nonprofit agencies.