Greetings and Faculty Scholarship

In the past two years, I’ve been impressed with the kind of institution CSN is, and with the positive way faculty express themselves about their profession and the way students aspire to succeed in the classroom through their service of this institution.   Much of this can be better communicated.  So, I’m starting a blog to extend our communications through a series of messages and comments.  I invite your questions and thoughts.  My hope is that with a constructive exchange of information, our stakeholders will be better informed, and I can have another venue for responses to your questions.

This inaugural message recognizes a few of CSN’s many faculty who engage in scholarly work in their respective disciplines.  Here is a sampling of recent efforts:

Dante and Byzantium by E.D. Karampetsos (2009)

Dolly And Zane Grey: Letters From A Marriage (Western Literature Series) by Candace C. Kant (2008)

Thinking Through the Past: A Critical Thinking Approach to U.S. History: Volume I and Volume II by John Hollitz (2007)

Beyond The Mafia: Italian Americans And The Development Of Las Vegas (Wilbur S. Shepperson Series in History and Humanities) by Alan Balboni (2006)

The Moulin Rouge and Black Rights in Las Vegas by Earnest N. Bracey (2008)

Not only are we proud of these faculty for their publications, but we’re also proud of CSN, where a climate for scholarship can thrive without publish or perish stress. Heavy teaching loads are a characteristic of community colleges that often prevent faculty from pursuing scholarly work. Knowing these scholars are among us benefits us all.

About Michael.Richards

The Board of Regents unanimously selected Dr. Michael D. Richards in May 2008 as the eighth permanent President of the College of Southern Nevada, where he supports the College’s mission to create an educated and diverse workforce for Southern Nevada. Dr. Richards came to CSN in 2005 as the vice president for academic affairs, leaving his position as associate provost at Southern Utah University after 23 years. While at SUU, he also had the positions of vice president for planning and technology, vice president for university affairs and associate professor of business. He began his career in higher education as an adjunct faculty member at a community college in Alabama, and in the mid-1970s was on the faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He brings a wealth of collegiate and business, four-year and two-year institutional experience to the College. He has taught English and management courses and has developed a record of scholarship through publications and presentations at state, regional, national and international conferences. Dr. Richards holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and philosophy (1970) from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, a Master of Arts in English from Utah State University (1972) and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Denver (1979). The Board of Regents appointed Dr. Richards as interim president of CSN in August 2007 after the departure of President Richard Carpenter (2004-2007). The regents then selected Dr. Richards for the permanent position following a national search by the ad hoc CSN President Search Committee. As President of the College, Dr. Richards is responsible for 2,274 employees, approximately 43,000 students and a budget of more than $130 million.
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