Patricia McEwen has been hired as a consultant in the College of Arts & Sciences for the 2012-13 academic year.
McEwen will assist Dean David Carl Wilson and Biological Sciences Chair Stephanie Schroeder by facilitating partnerships throughout the St. Louis science community for the purpose of providing more opportunities for internships and jobs for Webster science students. She will also coordinate planning for the new science building, will strengthen the Webster professional science masters programs, and will enhance the science component of the dean’s advisory board.
“Pat’s background as a scientist and academic will serve us well as we move forward with plans for expanding our science programs and building a new science building,” said Dean Wilson. “Among her duties, she will be seeking funding for start-up labs, internships for students, and advice from our Advisory Board members. She’ll also help assess facility and curriculum needs in our Department of Biological Sciences.
“I feel very lucky to have Pat with us during this crucial academic year.”
McEwen holds a B.S. in Microbiology/Botany from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and an M.A.T. in Science Teaching from Washington University. She served as academic dean, Division of Allied Health and Natural Sciences, of St. Louis Community College (STLCC) at Forest Park from 2007 to 2012. As dean, she managed, supervised, and mentored 40 full-time and 200 part-time faculty as well as 10 professional staff members, and was responsible for the success of more than 20 departments and allied health programs. She also worked on a variety of capital projects and was active in community outreach.
McEwen previously was chair of the STLCC at Forest Park Science Department. In addition, she has served as an adjunct professor at area universities and taught high school biology in the Parkway School district. She also has held research and technical positions at Washington University School of Medicine.
The author of several scientific publications, McEwen has presented at professional conferences and holds a variety of professional memberships.