Dr. Todd McDorman, who came to Wabash in the Rhetoric Department in 1998, was appointed Dean of the College by President Scott Feller. McDorman, who served as acting dean for the past two years, will take office on July 1.
“Todd’s thoughtful leadership shone brightly during the interview process,” said President Feller. “While many of us on campus have been constantly focused on maintaining campus health, he has continued to expand our academic footprint, coordinated operational improvements, and worked closely with his faculty colleagues on staff reviews, student learning outcomes and the implementation of the Restoring Hope program. , Lilly Endowment Trust Restoration Grant.
A native of Kokomo, Indiana, McDorman received his undergraduate degree from Butler University, a master’s degree from the University of Miami, and his Ph.D. in Rhetorical Studies from Indiana University. He came to Wabash in 1998 and became a full professor in 2013.
During his career, McDorman served as chairman of the rhetoric department; was lead author of Wabash’s 2012 successful reaccreditation self-study; served as a faculty member of the Board of Trustees and of the Board’s Strategy Committee; chaired the Undergraduate Research Committee, Freshman Tutoring Program, Pre-Law Committee, and Institutional Improvement Committee; and served as Senior Associate Dean of the College from 2014 to 2018.
As Acting Dean of the College for the past two years, McDorman led the College’s Personnel Committee, which oversees faculty recruitment and evaluations, and chairs the Academic Policy Committee. Under his leadership, Wabash launched its first-ever Summer School Resumption course for some of the College’s most vulnerable students, and brought Wabash into the Council of Independent Colleges’ (CIC) Online Course Sharing Consortium. ).
“I am honored and grateful for this opportunity to lead the academic program,” McDorman said. “What we have been able to accomplish together over the past two years has confirmed my longstanding faith in Wabash as an institution and community, and has given me the energy to continue the work ahead to achieve our goals. considerable.”
As a member of the Healthy Campus Task Force, he led efforts to keep the academic program on track during the COVID-19 pandemic, including making changes to teaching, academic calendar, comprehensive exams , course delivery and classroom design.
McDorman was one of 30 nominees selected for the CIC/American Academic Leadership Institute Senior Leadership Academy, and he was the Principal Investigator for the 43rd Annual National Undergraduate Honors Conference at DePauw University. At Wabash, he received the McLain-McTurnan-Arnold Research Scholar Award, the Richard O. Ristine Law Award, and delivered the 34th Annual LaFollette Lecture in the Humanities.
He has also co-authored two books with his Wabash faculty colleagues, Rhetoric and democracy: pedagogical political practices (with David Timmerman, 2008) and Public speaking and democratic participation: speaking, listening and deliberating in the civic domain (with Jennifer Abbott, David Timmerman and L. Jill Lamberton, 2016). He has also done extensive research and study on baseball, Pete Rose and the rhetoric of apology. He has published a number of journal articles and book chapters on the subject and presented at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
“Wabash College is a special place,” McDorman added. “I have been fortunate to make Wabash my home university for over 20 years and am dedicated to the success of the institution and our employees. I look forward to continuing to work with President Feller and faculty, staff, and students as we strive to make Wabash even better.