A return to the classroom

December 3, 2012

By Clarrissa McWoodson ’14

After 20 years serving as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Bradley’s interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Dr. Claire Etaugh is returning to the classroom.

In June, Dr. Claire Etaugh took up her latest position as a Psychology Department professor and will teach course on the psychology of women, developmental psychology and the department’s preschool practicum.

“Even though I did continue to teach a course a year and do research when I was dean, I now can return fulltime to those rewarding activities,” Dr. Etaugh said. “I am looking forward immensely to this next chapter in my life at Bradley.”

During her tenure as dean, Dr. Etaugh oversaw the renovation and modernization of Bradley Hall and Olin Hall, two key buildings used by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Psychology.

Several curriculum changes were also made during Dr. Etaugh’s tenure, including the addition of new majors and minors, the creation of the Department of Criminal Justice Studies and the introduction of a Global Scholars program.

Dr. Etaugh admitted that she went into academia because she loves working with students, both in the classroom and in the laboratory, and is looking forward to her new responsibilities.

“What I will miss most is the opportunity to continue to work with the dedicated, hardworking folks of the entire College to advance the quality of education offered to our students,” she said, “but I welcome the new opportunity to devote 100 percent of my time to teaching, advising, doing collaborative research with students, and serving my department, the college, and the university.”