Q.How is Western New England unique in our understanding of our students and their various needs transitioning to college?
We have over the years developed a learner-centered approach to student engagement.
In other words, we work to understand the experiences and strengths of our students
as they walk into our classrooms, labs, studios, and practice fields. Each one of us is
a coach guiding students through this educational experience.
There is enormous power in a collaborative engagement between those of us working
to deliver the curriculum and those of us who are engaged in all aspects of student
life and learning outside of the “classroom.” I think we work well collaboratively to
support all of our students. This connection between the curricular and cocurricular
communities on campus is one I would like to continue to build upon.
Q.What makes this university special in terms of our heritage of liberal arts education mixed with our professional programs?
There are very few institutions our size that have liberal and professional colleges and
schools on the same campus. We have rich disciplinary offerings in the humanities, arts,
and social sciences. There is power in coupling this liberal educational experience
with the study of business, engineering, the law, and pharmacy. This academic pathway
provides educational depth in the discipline and breadth or range of knowledge needed
to understand and take reasoned action in an increasingly complex world.
A national expert in structural
ceramic materials and glass,
Dr. Linda E. Jones most recently
served as vice president of statutory
affairs at Alfred University.
“I look forward to working closely
with Dr. Jones as we continue to
develop new academic programs
and to advance the University,”
commented University President
Anthony S. Caprio.
As provost, Dr. Jones is the
University’s chief academic officer
and oversees the academic integrity
of all its Colleges. The provost is
responsible for working with the
deans and faculty to advance the
mission of the University. She also
oversees the academic appointment
Previously Dr. Jones headed the
New York State College of Ceramics,
which is composed of the School
of Art and Design and the Kazuo
Inamori School of Engineering, as
well as of the Scholes Library and
the Schein-Joseph Museum. While
the College of Ceramics is a unit
of the SUNY system (public), it is
administered and housed by Alfred
Prior to her post at Alfred University,
Dr. Jones was the director of the
Picker Engineering Program and the
Rosemary Bradford Hewlett Chair
at Smith College. She received
her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in fuel
science, materials science, and
engineering from Pennsylvania State
University, and a B.S. in Chemistry
from Mary Washington College.
UNIVERSITY WELCOMES NEW APPOINTEES TO
BY MARY McLEAN ORSZULAK G’10 AND BRIAN ZELASKO
Provost and Vice
President for Academic
Affairs Linda Jones