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NC State Names New Dean of College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Jeffery P. Braden has been chosen to serve as the next dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) at North Carolina State University. Braden will assume the new post April 1. He has served as interim dean of the college since May 2008.

Provost Larry Nielsen announced Braden’s appointment. “Dr. Braden joins a group of outstanding deans that continues to serve NC State’s fundamental missions of quality education, research and service. His experience and vision will serve us well as the university moves forward to face the current economic challenges. I expect the College of Humanities and Social Sciences to make great advances under Dr. Braden’s leadership.”

As dean of CHASS, Braden will lead one of NC State’s largest colleges, which houses 10 academic departments plus a number of interdisciplinary programs. The college serves approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 770 graduate students, and employs about 500 faculty members.

Prior to being named interim dean of CHASS, Braden served as associate dean of research and graduate studies in the college from July 2007 to May 2008. In that role, he coordinated research, graduate programs, information technology, and extension and engagement activities for the college.

Braden was named associate dean after directing NC State’s school psychology program from 2004 to 2007. He has also directed the school psychology programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, San Jose State and the University of Florida.

Braden has published more than 200 articles, books, book chapters, and other products on assessment, school psychology, intelligence, and deafness. He has chaired the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessments, worked with the Research Institute for Secondary Education Reform (RISER) for youth with disabilities, and studied the treatment utility of assessment for educational consultation. Braden also conducted an evaluation of North Carolina’s problem-solving pilot program for the Department of Public Instruction. In addition, Braden served as a Fulbright Scholar in Athens, Greece.

Braden has also served as a consultant on assessment, scholastic success and children’s mental health. Clients include local, state and national education officials from around the world, including Chicago, Istanbul, Florida, Wisconsin, Ireland and Australia.

A Wisconsin native, Braden received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his master of arts in teaching, majoring in elementary education, from Beloit College. Braden earned a master of arts in developmental psychology, and a certificate of advanced graduate studies in school psychology, from Gallaudet University. Braden earned his Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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