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Wehlburg Accepts Position at Marymount

Dr. Chris Hightower
Dr. Catherine Wehlburg

Dr. Catherine Wehlburg will leave her position as Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness after 16 years at TCU. She has accepted a new position as Dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Education at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, beginning July 25.

“While we will miss Dr. Wehlburg on our campus, we are excited to see the impact she will have at Marymount University,” Provost Nowell Donovan said.

Dr. Chris Hightower will serve as Interim Director of Institutional Effectiveness. He will serve as TCU’s Accreditation Liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and will lead the work of the unit of Institutional Effectiveness. Hightower received his Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Leadership from TCU.

Wehlburg came to TCU in 2002 as founding director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. During her last year there, the center received funding and became the Koehler Center for Instruction, Innovation, and Engagement.

In 2006, Wehlburg was named the Executive Director in the Office for Assessment and Quality Enhancement, and in 2013 she became Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness. She worked heavily with colleges across campus to develop a framework for the Discovering Global Citizenship initiative, and during regional accreditations the University and has worked closely with the College of Education on many initiatives. She chaired the faculty art committee, served on the Department Review Board, and worked on program assessments. She has also taught education and psychology undergraduate and graduate classes, served on graduate committees and presented at Monday at TCU and Orientation sessions.

“Catherine has been a tremendous asset to the College of Education. We will miss her as a professor, leader and artist,” College of Education Dean Mary M. Patton said.

Wehlburg said it will be a bittersweet experience leaving TCU, but she is excited for the opportunity. “For me TCU has always been about the people. I love being able to walk across campus and talk to anybody about anything. My daughter grew up here and it’s been such a wonderful place,” she said.

She said many TCU and College of Education programs will serve as models for her new role, as she will work to strengthen Marymount’s community relationships. She will also have a faculty appointment as a Full Professor in the psychology department within the school.

Wehlburg has worked with both the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and the Commission on Colleges with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as an outside evaluator. She regularly presents workshops on assessment, academic transformation and the teaching and learning process. Catherine is the Editor-in-Chief of the New Directions for Teaching and Learning series published by Jossey-Bass. Her books include Promoting Integrated and Transformative Assessment: A Deeper Focus on Student Learning and Meaningful Course Revision: Enhancing Academic Engagement Using Student Learning Data.  She earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Florida.