Francis Marion University has named a new dean for its School of Education.
Dr. Shirley Carr Bausmith will become the school's new dean, the university announced recently. She will replace Dr. Ron Faulkenberry, who has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1974. He will retire this year.
As dean, Bausmith will oversee undergraduate academic programs in early childhood education, elementary education and secondary education, and graduate programs in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, instructional accommodation and learning disabilities.
“Shirley is an excellent choice to lead our academic programs in education,” said FMU Provost Dr. Richard Chapman. “Certainly she has earned the confidence of her colleagues through her dedication and commitment to teaching and the university.”
Bausmith received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from FMU in 1991. She graduated summa cum laude (4.0) and with University Honors. She received her Master of Education in 1994 from FMU and her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of South Carolina in special education in 2000. While pursuing her doctorate, she taught students with learning disabilities at West Florence High School, where she served as the special education department chair and received West Florence High School’s 1998 Teacher of the Year Award.
Bausmith is currently an associate professor of education and serves as the director of graduate studies and special programs. Bausmith served on the Alumni Advisory Board/Board of Directors from 1994-2011 and as the alumni president from 2001-2003. She was also named FMU’s Alumni Volunteer of the Year for 2012.
“It is rare to interact with a group of people as vital and committed to their work as those who make up the Francis Marion School of Education,” Bausmith said. “I am excited about the opportunity to work with them in this capacity and honored to serve the students, faculty, and staff.”