Belmont names ed department chair

VU PhD had worked at Virginia college since '06

Dr. Mark Hogan has been appointed chairman of the Belmont University Department of Education. He will join the university on Jan. 1, 2014.

Hogan, who replaces Dr. Cynthia Watkins, will provide leadership in developing, implementing and evaluating the department’s goals while overseeing BU’s undergraduate and graduate education programs, leading assessment and accreditation efforts, and managing the university’s STEM Education Initiative.

Watkins remains at BU as an associate professor of education and as director of the special education program.

Hogan has served as chairman and director of Teacher Education at Bridgewater College since 2012 and was coordinator of secondary education at Bridgewater since 2006. Prior to his work at Bridgewater, he was coordinator of secondary education and director of the M.Ed. program at Eastern Mennonite University.

Hogan received his doctorate in education and human development from Vanderbilt University, his master’s in English from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Greenville (Ill.) College.

Belmont is pursuing a multi-pronged science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education initiative involving the Department of Education, departments in the School of Sciences, and faculty in other areas in the college. The STEM initiative is expected to lead to enrollment growth in Belmont's education programs, increased connections with area schools, and expanded community/industry linkages.

“[Hogan] is the consummate teacher educator having served as the director or Williamson County Teacher Center early in his career followed by serving as department chair and professor at universities with excellent education programs," Bryce F. Sullivan, BU dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said in a release. “We believe that Dr. Hogan's experiences and qualities make him just the perfect person to lead our undergraduate and graduate education programs as well as our STEM Education Initiative.”