FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Kate Mamiseishvili, who currently serves as the interim vice provost for academic affairs, has been named the interim dean of the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas, effective June 30.
Mamiseishvili takes over for Brian Primack, who served as dean of the College of Education and Health Professions at the U of A since July 2019 and accepted the position of dean of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University.
A search for the permanent dean will begin later this year.
“I am privileged to be able to serve in this role with a college that has meant so much to me,” Mamiseishvili said. “I am thankful for the work Dean Primack has done to move our college forward over the last few years. I’m excited for the opportunity and look forward to continuing to serve our students, faculty and staff and advancing our academic goals.”
Mamiseishvili took over for Terry Martin as interim vice provost for academic affairs in August 2021 when Martin was named interim provost for the U of A. Prior to that appointment, Mamiseishvili served as the associate dean for academic and student affairs in the College of Education and Health Professions from 2017-2021.
“Kate’s experience within the college makes her a natural choice for this role,” Martin said. “She has been an asset for our university, and I’m confident she will be a great leader during this transition.”
As part of her associate dean duties, she coordinated academic operations of the college, including accreditation and program reviews, academic planning, curriculum management, faculty affairs, student success, and academic integrity.
In 2013, she was appointed head of the Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources, and Communication Disorders, leading a unit that was comprised of seven academic programs and the Speech and Hearing Clinic, over 40 faculty members, and 800 students.
Mamiseishvili joined the U of A in 2008 and is a professor of higher education. In her tenure as a faculty member at the U of A, she was inducted into the Teaching Academy, was awarded the College of Education and Health Professions’ Rising S.T.A.R. and S.T.A.R. Faculty Awards for her all-around outstanding performance in teaching, research, advising and service, was recognized as an Outstanding Mentor by the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, and was selected as a fellow of the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program. Her research has focused on faculty productivity, job satisfaction and student persistence.
Mamiseishvili received her Ph.D. and M.A. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from the Akaki Tsereteli State University in the country of Georgia.
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