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SCC names new academic leadership

SCC names new academic leadership

Salem Community College has named Ken Robell as Dean of Academic Affairs (Chief Academic Officer) and Maura Cavanagh Dick as Interim Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs.  

Robell came to SCC as a math instructor in 2003.  He joined the administration in 2010 as an academic coordinator and served as Assistant Dean for six years and, most recently, as Associate Dean.  During his tenure in the academic affairs division, he has overseen business, computer science, education, English, math, social science, glass, and visual and performing arts.  He developed an associate degree program in game design and development.  

Robell has managed all aspects of developmental math, including the course redesign, faculty training and tracking of student success.  While he supervised the tutoring center, the retention rate increased for supported students.  He coordinated reviews on multiple academic programs annually, with advisory committees, consultants and faculty reports.  

He has been the project director for three College Readiness Now grants with Penns Grove High School. The grant’s purpose is to help high school juniors and seniors achieve college placement (thus avoiding remediation) and earn college credit. This grant from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges and the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education targets students living below the poverty line who are at risk of not being college ready upon high school graduation.

Robell served on SCC’s reaccreditation steering committee, leading to reaccreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) in 2016.  A recent report from MSCHE commended the College’s developmental math and academic support programs.  

Before coming to SCC, Robell was marketing manager at Arlon, Inc. and a product manager at W.L. Gore & Associates.  He holds an MBA from the University of Baltimore, a master’s in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Cavanagh Dick’s interim appointment is through the fall semester.  She joined SCC in 2006 as Assistant Professor of Biology and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. Along with her primary focus of teaching anatomy and physiology (A&P) courses, she also has taught nutrition and pharmacology for health services. Her scholarly interests involve improving curricula, assessment, and pedagogy to best support retention and preparedness for those in health-related fields. 

She is an active member of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS), where she served on the curriculum and learning outcomes committees and has delivered presentations on designing successful A&P laboratory activities at the HAPS annual conference. 

Cavanagh Dick chaired the steering committee that led to SCC’s successful reaccreditation with Middle States in 2016. In both 2009 and 2016, she was awarded the SCC Academic Excellence Award and in 2009 the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award. 

Prior to joining the SCC faculty, Cavanagh Dick taught at Burlington County College (now Rowan College at Burlington County), Camden County College and Temple University.  She earned a master’s in kinesiology (exercise physiology) from Temple and is working toward a Ph.D. in kinesiology there.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from The College of William and Mary.