MONMOUTH – Associate Provost David McDonald and Dr. Bryan Dutton, biology professor, have received their awards from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). McDonald attended the national NACADA conference in October, which was held in Denver, Colo. This is the fourth consecutive year that WOU faculty and staff have received NACADA awards for excellence in academic advising. McDonald was named the 2011 Pacesetter Award Recipient and Dutton received a Certificate of Merit for the faculty academic advising category. The Pacesetter Award hasn’t been given to someone west of Texas since its inception in 1992.
Since McDonald joined WOU in 2005, he has led successful initiatives to increase enrollment and retention. He instituted the Western Tuition Promise, which guarantees the same tuition rate for incoming students throughout their four years. WOU’s enrollment was 4,956 in 2005, and has grown to 6,233 in 2010. In his position, McDonald manages the Academic Advising and Learning Center, Admissions, Center for Teaching and Learning, Financial Aid, the Honors Program, International Students and Scholars Affairs, the Registrar’s Office, Study Abroad, University Marketing, and the Writing Center. McDonald worked in the Oregon University System’s Chancellor’s Office from 1999 to 2005, where he served as the director of enrollment and student services and director of Oregon GEAR UP.
Dutton, a graduate of WOU when it was the Oregon College of Education, came to WOU in 1998 after holding previous positions at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Smithsonian Institution, and The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. He earned his doctorate in botany from the University of Maryland in 1995. Dutton has a comprehensive history of peer-reviewed publications, lectures, awards, and grants. One such grant was awarded in 2009 by the United States Department of Justice to a WOU research team that included Dutton ($685,754).The study was called “Application of Spatial Statistics to Latent Print Identifications: Towards Improved Forensic Science Methodologies.” Dutton is also the coordinator for the Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences, which is tasked with planning the annual Academic Excellence Showcase.
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