Dr. Joan Develin Coley, professor of education at Western Maryland College and former dean of its graduate affairs programs, has been named provost and dean of the faculty.
She succeeds Dr. David B. Seligman, who was vice president and dean of academic affairs from 1990 to 1993. Dr. Coley's appointment was effective March 8.
Dr. Coley will be Western Maryland's chief academic officer and its second-ranking administrator. Her duties will include direction of all educational programs and personnel at the graduate and undergraduate levels, college-wide planning and budgeting, service on the Administrative Council, and serving as acting president in the absence of Dr. Robert H. Chambers.
Reporting to the provost are 20 academic department chairmen, the dean of graduate affairs, the assistant dean of academic affairs and several directors, including those in admissions, financial aid, the Hoover Library and computing services.
Dr. Coley has taught at Western Maryland since 1973 as a specialist in reading programs. She became dean of graduate affairs in 1992 and supervised the continuing growth of the college's master's programs in education and liberal arts.
Before coming to Western Maryland, she was a visiting lecturer at Hood College and an instructor at the University of Maryland. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Dr. Coley was a reading specialist and administrator for the Prince George's County school system.
Dr. Coley, a native of Philadelphia, received her bachelor's degree in English with honors from Albright College in 1966. She earned her master's and doctorate in education from the University of Maryland.
She was named the 1989 Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading by the Maryland International Reading Association and received the 1982 Carroll County Outstanding Educator in Reading award, two WMC Faculty Book Awards, the WMC Faculty Creativity Award in 1985 and four WMC Scholarly Journal Awards.