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Venango College of Clarion University Appoints Director of the School of Health Sciences

OIL CITY, PA— Venango College of Clarion University has appointed Dr. Susan M. Muller as the pioneer Director of the School of Health Sciences and she will begin on July 14, 2014.

Dr. Muller is moving to Oil City from Murray State University in Kentucky, where she is Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services and a full professor of Health Education and Exercise Science.  She is originally from Erie and has a wealth of experience that she will bring to this exciting new leadership role.  She has program development experience including a B.S., Health and Physical Education program for Edinboro University, a second B.S., Biological Science program for Salisbury University, and M.A. and Ph.D., Health Education programs for the University of Maryland.

“I am excited to join the outstanding faculty, staff, and administrators at Clarion University.  Together we will provide our students with opportunities to develop competencies in the health sciences, become competent professionals, and make a positive impact on their communities,” said Muller.

The School of Health Sciences includes the Department of Nursing, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the new, integrated, Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation, Health and Sport Sciences.  

Dr. Muller will provide leadership and oversight to the Department of Nursing, which is responsible for the associate of science in nursing program, the RN-BSN online degree completion program, the four-year traditional bachelor of science in nursing program, the master of science in nursing joint Clarion and Edinboro online degree completion program and the doctor of nursing practice joint Clarion and Edinboro online degree completion program.

Muller will also provide direction for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech Pathology), which offers a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology and a master’s degree in speech language pathology.

Additionally, she will be responsible for overseeing the Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation, Health and Sport Sciences, which offers an associate degree in allied health program offered face-to-face and online, at the Venango campus and Pittsburgh Site, an associate degree in respiratory care, and rehabilitative services, a bachelor’s degree in allied health leadership online degree completion program,  bachelor’s degrees in medical imaging sciences, rehabilitative sciences  with concentrations in courts and community services, developmentally disabled, gerontology, and substance abuse,  liberal studies including athletic training, sports management, and athletic coaching concentrations, and a master’s degree in rehabilitative sciences program.

 “We are delighted to add Dr. Muller to the Venango College of Clarion University leadership team,” said Dr. Colleen McAleer, Venango College Interim Executive Dean. “Susan is an experienced and accomplished director who will provide stellar leadership for our programs. Susan will be responsible for providing strategic direction for our newly developed and integrated School of Health Sciences.” 

Muller holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Science degree from Salisbury University, a Master of Arts degree from University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. 

“I have gained a broad perspective on higher education and experience working with external constituencies through my work with various accreditation agencies including the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Health Education Accreditation Task Force, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.  These agencies provide the framework for university faculty to offer academic programs that align with professional standards and utilize best practices,” said Muller.

“My educational background combined with my teaching and administrative experiences span a wide variety of professional preparation programs.  Having worked in the allied health and higher education environments for more than twenty years, I am very familiar with the culture, policies and procedures, as well as the accreditation processes associated with a wide variety of disciplines.  I am excited with the opportunity to provide leadership to the School of Health Sciences at Clarion University,” said Muller.

Venango College of Clarion University is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The college provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can begin any of Clarion University’s 90 plus degrees, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. Venango College is committed to serving the needs of the community, the region and the Commonwealth.

Published
6/17/2014 8:00 AM

Venango College of Clarion University Appoints Director of the School of Health Sciences