Faculty Associate Announcement
Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ariana Mrak as the office’s first Faculty Associate. The appointment is effective January 1, 2014 and is expected to continue through summer 2014.
The Faculty Associate program provides an opportunity for professional and leadership development among UNCW faculty members by enhancing the participants’ knowledge of and skills in academic administration. The appointee will work with the Provost and Academic Affairs administrative staff on a part-time basis as a learner, observer, and participant, making contributions primarily in academic affairs. As part of the appointment, the Faculty Associate will work on one or more projects that respond to needs within the division and aligns with that individual’s strengths and interests.
Dr. Mrak, a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, earned a B.S. in Economics, an M.A. in Spanish, and a Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Houston. Prior to her UNCW appointment, Dr. Mrak served on the faculty of University of Houston – Downtown, where she most recently held the position of Associate Professor of Spanish. She came to UNCW in 2009 and, in addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, serves as the coordinator of the Spanish for Bilingual Speakers Program. She is currently engaged in several research projects concerning linguistic minorities and how best to serve non-traditional students: students with disabilities, veterans, and first-generation college attendees.
In her application, Dr. Mrak wrote that “the professional and leadership development the Faculty Associate Program offers will be a valuable asset in my efforts to implement approaches within our Spanish program to assure the success of all our students. The knowledge of academic administration will lead to skills that will allow me to make meaningful contributions to my department and the university as we work toward achieving our goals. An understanding of the demands and needs of the different units will permit me to offer my insight and efforts where they will be most useful as the University takes charge of the development and growth that will ensure a successful future.”
The Academic Affairs staff looks forward to Dr. Ariana Mrak’s contributions and hope that you will join us in welcoming her to her new role!
Denise A. Battles, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of North Carolina Wilmington