Dr. Barbara Marinak and Dr. Carol Rinkoff have been granted the title of dean of their respective divisions.
The Mount is structured academically with three schools and two divisions. The Bolte School of Business, School of Natural Science and Mathematics and the College of Liberal Arts are the three schools and the two divisions are Education and Graduate and Professional Studies.
Previously, Marinak and Rinkoff held the title of Executive Directors. Since they fill the same roles and responsibilities as a dean, they have been granted title of dean. This should eliminate any confusion as to what their role is as they oversee academic and operational functions within their respective divisions.
Marinak’s title is now the Dean of the Division of Education. She explained the goals of the Division correspond with the Mount’s new Strategic Plan in that, “We will continue to train highly effective educators and leaders for public, Catholic, and private schools.”
The division is also working to grow all programs it offers, specifically paying attention to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and the M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership. The MAT program is for working adults with undergraduate degrees in majors other than education. The program permits these individuals to get their license in one of twelve certification areas. The M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership allows candidates to learn how to become principals in elementary, middle and high schools.
When asking what she in most looking forward to in the position as dean, Marinak expressed her anticipation in collaborating with the Education faculty to recruit traditional and non-traditional students.
She also said, “I am excited by our growth in community partnerships.” Some new partners are: Ann Arundel County Public Schools, St. John’s Catholic Preparatory High School and St. Maria Goretti High School. Lastly, she is excited in supporting the Education faculty as they participate in “exciting research and commendable service.”
Rinkoff is now the Dean of the Division of Graduate, Continuing, and Professional Studies, located at the Frederick Campus. Her goals include: “supporting an exceptional learning experience for the working adult students who are enrolled at the Frederick Campus, supporting the development of academic programs that are current and relevant for the current and future employment markets and supporting the community of Frederick, and all our surrounding communities, by our programs and graduates.”
She also looks forward to growing enrollment at the Frederick campus. She is anticipating meeting with students to help them work toward their dreams and she loves seeing the differences she makes in students’ lives everyday. She is looking forward to working with her team of faculty and staff and working toward her goals.