|The College of Science welcomed two new members to its administrative staff this month, with the goal of better serving the needs of its students.
On June 1, following the retirement of Assistant Dean Ed Morton, Kent Long assumed the position of Health Professions advisor and director of the College's Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP). Long previously served as Morton's assistant for two and a half years. Kathleen Stephens joined the College on June 7 as Coordinator for Student Affairs, coming over from UT Arlington's University College, where she was an academic advisor.
"We're very pleased to have Kathleen Stephens and Kent Long join our staff," Dean of Science Pamela Jansma said. "They both have a long history of working with students and bring considerable knowledge to their positions, which will help us enhance the student experience in the College of Science, particularly in pre-professional advising, transitioning from University College to the College of Science, scholarships, and any other academic issues students may encounter. Together with Minerva Cordero serving as associate dean for academic affairs, they form an outstanding team dedicated to ensuring success for all our students."
Long will coordinate all activities related to pre-professional programs. He will advise all pre-professional students (medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary, physical therapy and physician's assistant), chair the UT Arlington Health Professions Advisory Committee, coordinate activities for the College's annual Health Professions Day, assist with Health Professions Freshmen Interest Groups, and coordinate all aspects of student admission files to medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry, and veterinary schools. Long will also coordinate the scholarship process for all of the health professions scholarships administered through the College of Science and sponsor all of the pre-professional clubs.
Long earned a B.A. in Organizational Communication from UT Arlington in 2011 and an M.Ed. in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from UT Arlington in 2012. He was heavily involved in student affairs while an undergraduate, serving as UT Arlington student body president and as UT System Student Advisory Council vice chair, among other roles.
"I'm looking forward to working with our students in new and innovative ways," he said. "In the past we have underutilized the resources available to us and that is something I want to change."