Posted by William Nunnelley on 2008-08-21

Samford University has named Dr. Mary Sue Baldwin to the position of Assistant Provost, effective Aug. 18. At Samford since 1993, she served most recently as director of the Office of Assessment since 2007 and director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship during 2003-2007.

In her new role, Dr. Baldwin will develop and implement assessment plans for academic programs and evaluation processes for instructional support programs, coordinate and direct accreditation and academic compliance activities, provide leadership in seeking grant support and handle other related duties.

Samford Provost J. Bradley Creed announced the appointment, noting that Baldwin had served Samford successfully in several capacities and adding, "Her experience and skills in working with people and strategic projects will be a great asset to the university in her new position as Assistant Provost."

Baldwin served on the faculty of Samford's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing from 1993 until 1999, and led the nursing school's problem-based learning initiative as facilitator during 1997-99. She served as conference coordinator of Samford's international problem-based learning conference, PBL 2000: Promises of Better Learning in 2000.

Baldwin was director of Samford's Center for Problem-Based Learning during 2001-2003.

She holds a bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Michigan and master of science in cardiovascular nursing from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), and served as a staff nurse and cardiovascular nurse earlier in her career. She holds the education specialist degree and doctor of educational leadership degree from Samford.

Baldwin has published numerous articles in journals and publications and led a variety of professional workshops in nursing and problem-based learning. She received Samford's Buchanan Teaching Excellence Award in 1997 and the Hewlett-Packard Graduate Nurse Award at UAB in 1988.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.