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New vice president for academic affairs brings impressive credentials, experience

July 9, 2001

Effective June 25, 2001, Dr. Bruce W. Speck becomes Austin Peay's vice president for academic affairs (VPAA), replacing Dr. Linda Rudolph, Clarksville, who returned to APSU more than a year ago to serve as interim VPAA. Rudolph retired June 30.

Speck comes to APSU from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1999-2000, he served as both vice chancellor for academic affairs and interim dean of the college.

He earned his Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1984. His master's degree in English is from Wayne State College in Nebraska, and his bachelor's degree in English is from the University of Northern Colorado. He has completed 15 graduate hours toward an MBA from Indiana University-Purdue University.

Speck said, "I am honored to be selected for the position of vice president for academic affairs, especially because Austin Peay has an excellent reputation nationally.

"Together with President Hoppe and the many fine people throughout the University, I plan to promote the liberal arts and continue to build on the solid academic foundation at APSU. I look forward to becoming part of the campus community and working with my colleagues to serve our students and the larger community."

Prior to moving to North Carolina, Speck served in several capacities at the University of Memphis during 1990-99, beginning as assistant professor of English and working his way up to professor. He coordinated the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Program and was acting director of the Center for Academic Excellence during 1997-99.

At the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, his duties covered a wide spectrum. In addition to chairing the Technology Task Force and coordinating the Junior Faculty Development Program, he served as a member of the Dean's Council, Planning Committee for a New Science Building, Advisory Committee on Institutional Effectiveness/Assessment, General Education Advisory Committee, Honors Council and several others.

Additionally, he has a successful record of securing grants for academic programs.

Speck has co-authored two textbooks: "Using Technology in K-8 Literacy Classroom" and "Service Learning: Practical Advice and Models," both published in 2001. He is the author of a monograph, "Assessing Students' Classroom Writing" and he edited several books, including "Principles of Effective Teaching in Online Classrooms."

He has written several chapters, including "The Academy, Online Classes and the Breach in Ethics" for the book "Principles of Effective Teaching in Online Classrooms." He also is the author of many scholarly articles and book reviews.

He has made numerous presentations at professional conferences, including the presentation "The Moral Basis for Effective Teaching in Higher Education," at the 40th Annual Conference of the Association for General and Liberal Studies held in Chicago.

His list of honors and awards is impressive, including his selection as a funded delegate to China with the People to People Program for Professional Interchanges in 1997. He is active in such professional associations as the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and the Association of General and Liberal Studies.

Dr. Sherry Hoppe, president of APSU, said, "I look forward to working with Dr. Speck. His philosophy on most higher-education issues parallels mine. He believes in open communication, honesty, shared governance and respect for every individual.

"Although he recognizes the need for quality assurance, Dr. Speck sees the limitless possibilities of Web-based learning. At the same time, he is committed to APSU's mission as the state's public liberal arts university. More importantly, he will help articulate the value and relevance of a liberal arts education to potential students and others."