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Provost names acting dean for School of Family Studies (Released: 9/18/95)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Steven Wisensale of Norwich has been named acting dean of the School of Family Studies.

Steven Wisensale has extensive and diverse experience in the field of family studies. His fine working relationships with colleagues both within and outside the University will be an asset to the school, said Provost Mark Emmert, who announced the appointment. Wisensale began his new duties Sept. 1. He replaced Stephen Anderson, who had served as dean of the school since 1993. Anderson stepped down to return to teaching.

A search for a permanent dean is under way. Kirklyn Kerr, dean of the College of Agriculture and National Resources, will chair the search committee.

Wisensale, who came to UConn in 1984, is an associate professor of public policy. His research interests fall under the general category of family policy and include published works on family leave legislation, generational equity issues, welfare reform and family impact analysis. He is a former recipient of a postdoctoral research fellowship from the Gerontological Society of America and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

In 1992, Wisensale received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the UConn Alumni Association. His teaching responsibilities have included courses in family policy, planning and managing human service programs, aging policy, family law and comparative family policy. In 1993, he received a grant from C-SPAN to develop video cases for the classroom on family policy issues.

Wisensale served as chair of the School of Family Studies graduate program for three years. In 1994, he was appointed a member of Connecticut s Policy Advisory Committee, which was charged with restructuring the Department of Public Health. For the last two years, he has worked with the Connecticut General Assembly on family impact analysis.

Wisensale earned his Ph.D. in social welfare policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University in 1983.

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