Dr. Teresa Kriley, who has been Ottawa University’s Adawe LifePlan Center Director for two years, was recently appointed as The College Dean of Instruction, filling the position left vacant by Dr. Karen Ohnesorge, who accepted the position of Assistant Dean of OU’s School of Arts and Sciences.
In her role as Dean of Instruction (DOI), Kriley is responsible for managing The College’s academic programs, including faculty hiring, contracting, oversight, and evaluation; course scheduling and faculty assignments; administration of academic programming and policy; and assistance in the development of articulation agreements.
Passionate about academic excellence, Kriley believes the position of Dean of Instruction is a good fit.
“The opportunity to teach in OU’s teacher education program has provided me with a faculty member’s perspective, while my work directing OU’s holistic advising center has allowed me to see our work from the students’ viewpoint,” says Kriley. “These two lenses, combined with my passion for education, faculty development, and academic administration, make my skill set easily transferrable to the Dean of Instruction position. I am honored to have this opportunity.”
“Dr. Kriley is an accomplished academic administrator,” says University Provost Dr. Terry Haines. “She has done an outstanding job of leading our new student advising services system, and I am very pleased that she is stepping into a new leadership role, serving our faculty and guiding our academic operations at the College.”
Kriley started her career in education as an elementary teacher and reading specialist. She later became director of early childhood education at Donnelly College in the urban core of Kansas City, Kansas, moving progressively to associate dean of preparatory education during her tenure. Prior roles in market administration management in the computer industry and new program supervision with Big Brothers/Big Sisters round out her experience.
As the Director of the Adawe LifePlan Center, Kriley managed the University’s team of advisors who provide holistic life coaching, mentoring, and advising to OU students. Other responsibilities included serving as the Foundations of Excellence in the First Year College Year liaison and Steering Committee chair. She was also an associate professor of teacher education, developed and revised teacher education curriculum, and provided faculty leadership to the local chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. With Kriley’s move to DOI, the role of director has been transitioned to Adawe Advisor Bill Townley.
Kriley is often sought as a presenter of her research surrounding 21st century teaching, college student retention, higher education access, and millennial students. She was included in Who’s Who Among American Teachers in 2005 and is a member of the National Association for Developmental Education, the Midwest Regional Association for Developmental Education, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, and the Kansas Association for Private Colleges of Teacher Education.
As a member of the Ottawa, KS, Chamber of Commerce, Kriley is directly involved in Leadership Franklin County, serving on the board of trustees, serving on the Chamber Health and Education Committee, and liaising with Chamber leadership to conduct focus groups that facilitate OU involvement in the local community. She is also active in the community through work with Franklin County’s economic development office, raising awareness of local job opportunities and developing internships for OU students.
Kriley earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Education from Southwest Missouri State University and her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, with a minor in multicultural education from the University of Kansas.
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