Dr. Margery A. Kingsley, Chair of Cameron University’s Department of English and Foreign Languages, has been named Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. She will be responsible for support of students in entry-level and general education courses, including academic advising and campus tutoring labs, effective July 1. The appointment was approved earlier today by the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents.
“Through the years, Dr. Kingsley has played an integral role in numerous academic activities at Cameron University,” says President Cindy Ross. “Chief among these is her service as coordinator of Cameron’s self-study project from 2008-2010, which prepared the university for its unprecedented 10-year accreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission. Dr. Kingsley is committed to ensuring that Cameron students continue to receive a top quality education. In her new role, she will broaden the university’s focus on student success, which will ultimately lead to increased student retention and graduation rates.”
As Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kingsley will be responsible for numerous university initiatives, including the Top 30 Courses Project; the assessment and evaluation of placement, developmental education and general education; and providing development and enrichment opportunities for faculty members teaching developmental education, general education and Cameron’s most frequently taken courses. Additional responsibilities include the identification and removal of barriers to student success, coordination of academic orientation courses, and management and coordination of the Academic Advising Center and Cameron’s tutoring and support labs.
Kingsley joined the Cameron faculty in 1994 and has served as chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages since 2005. She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and holds a Master of Arts degree from UCLA, where she also earned her doctorate degree.
She is currently chair of Cameron’s Top 30 Project Committee and is a member of the Honors Council, Academic Standards and Policies Committee, and Graduate Council. From 2000-2006, she served as coordinator for the Oklahoma Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program (OSLEP). She has also served on a number of university committees, serving served as chair for many, including the Institutional Assessment Committee, Graduate Studies Strategic Planning Task Force, Faculty Council, Faculty Long-Range Planning Committee, 2002 Presidential Screening Committee and, as co-chair, 2002 Presidential Search Committee.
She has taught numerous general education and upper division courses, primarily in composition and British literature. Kingsley has been honored with numerous teaching awards, including Outstanding Professors’ Academy, David O’Keefe Award for Motivational Excellence, Lawton Arts and Humanities Council Educator in the Humanities and three-time Sigma Tau Delta Professor of the Year.
Kingsley is the author of “Transforming the Word: Prophecy, Poetry and Politics in England, 1650-1742” and is currently working on a new book, “Making History: Historiography and the Production of Cultural Inheritance, 1640-1745.” In addition, she has published numerous writings on English literature and culture of the 17th and 18th centuries.
May 9, 2013