Agenda Item No. _______________
Washburn University Board of Regents
SUBJECT: Faculty Personnel
At the end of the 2001 Spring semester, Dr. Robert R. Dunwell will retire as Chair and Professor of the Education Department after 15 years of service to Washburn University.
Dr. Dunwell joined the faculty of the Department of Education in July 1986 to fill the vacant position of Chairperson and Chief Institutional Representative to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. He coordinated the rewriting of the institutional self-study and the site visit in Spring 1987 which resulted in the continuing accreditation of the institution's teacher education programs.
During his tenure as chair, Dr. Dunwell served as the founding chairperson of the Brown Foundation for Education Excellence, Equity, and Research. In the first two years, the foundation sponsored its national conference on racism, succeeded in having the Monroe Street School designated as a National Historic Site, and laid the foundation for Washburn University's Diversity Program and Brown Visiting Professor in Equity Studies. He also provided leadership in establishing the collaboration among the University, the Topeka Public Schools (USD 501), and the Corner School Development Program, a school improvement program developed by Yale University. He has served as a faculty representative to the Washburn Board of Regents, and has represented the department on numerous committees. In 2000, he received the Herrick Faculty Award for Outstanding Service.
The title Professor Emeritus is recommended in recognition of Robert Dunwell's long and distinguished career, for his contributions and leadership as department chair, and for his record of 15 years of contributions to the Department of Education and Washburn University.
President Farley recommends that the Board honor Dr. Robert R. Dunwell with the title, Professor Emeritus.
(date) Jerry B. Farley, President