Augusta State names interim education dean

The former associate dean of Augusta State University’s College of Education has been named interim dean, effective Tuesday, the university announced Wednesday in a news release.


Paula Dohoney’s appointment follows a request from two-year dean Gordon Eisenman to return to the teaching faculty.

“I am grateful to Dr. Dohoney for assuming this additional responsibility,” said Carol Rychly, the university’s acting vice president for academic affairs, in the release. “I am also grateful for Dr. Eisenman’s service as dean and the significant momentum that the college has experienced under his leadership.”

During Eisenman’s tenure, two degree programs were introduced, the Master of Education in Teacher Leadership and a five-year integrated Bachelor of Science/Master of Arts in Teaching degree. The latter degree was made possible by a million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship program. The college also is about to launch the university’s first totally online master’s degree program.

In announcing the appointment, Rychly said she was struck by the spirit of teamwork that exists among faculty in the College of Education. “I am moved by the incredible sense of teamwork and unity of our education faculty, especially among the department chairs who will be assuming the responsibilities of the associate dean on an interim basis.”

Rychly said the search process for a dean will get underway shortly.

Dohoney became the college’s associate dean college in 2009, after having served four years as the chairwoman of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science. She joined the ASU faculty in 2001. Previously, Dohoney served as an assistant professor and the coordinator of graduate and undergraduate physical education teacher preparation programs at Mississippi State University.

A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Dohoney received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Tennessee Technological University, a Master of Education degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a doctoral degree in physical education pedagogy from Middle Tennessee State University.