College of Human Sciences & Education Leadership Announcement

April 16, 2020
The College of Human Sciences & Education is excited to announce personnel updates that further our goals and strategic growth as a college.

“These positions are the realization of the strategic priorities I developed as dean of the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education,” said Dean Roland Mitchell. “As a college, we are committed to expanding our leadership role in developing and delivering new online programs, proactively recruiting and serving a more diverse faculty and student population, and focusing on training and develop to retain the best faculty and staff in the nation and the world.”

  • Academic Liaison for Development & Alumni Relations | Jackie Bach
  • Assistant Dean for Diversity, Advocacy, & Civic Engagement | Renée Boutte Myer
  • Director of Logistics for Online & Continuing Education Partnerships | Paul Manthei
  • Director for Faculty Affairs & Professional Development | Petra Robinson
  • Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies | Arend Van Gemmert

In addition to her role as Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Services, Jackie Bach will also serve as Academic Liaison for Development & Alumni Relations. The new responsibilities provide guidance for and oversight of the college’s growing undergraduate online programs; academic support for the preparation of proposals for fundraising and state matches; represents the college on university committees related to development from the academic side, as needed, for example, the naming committee; identifies opportunities for Office of Development & Alumni Relations (ODAR) to work with other offices on campus; consults with stakeholders including school directors and faculty to prepare funding proposals; envisions, with the ODAR, new initiatives for including alumni and faculty events.

Renée Boutte Myer has been named Assistant Dean for Diversity, Advocacy, & Civic Engagement. Boutte Myer formerly served as the College of Human Sciences & Education’s Director for Advocacy & Outreach, a role she held since July 2013. In this new role for the college, she will support the dean and college leadership on a variety of student, staff, and faculty matters as they pertain to diversity, advocacy, and civic engagement. The assistant dean serves as the college’s chief subject matter expert in diversity and inclusion matters. Boutte Myer will be responsible for diversity planning in support of the college strategic plan, including planning, creating, and implementing initiatives and trainings with the goal of a more inclusive environment in our classrooms, schools, and centers/institutes. In addition to collaborating with the LSU Office of Diversity, the assistant dean will advise directors of CHSE schools on diversity, inclusion, and civic engagement as well as assist in the recruitment, retention, and success of underrepresented faculty, staff, and students.

“Renée’s years of experience at LSU and her well-established relationships with the community and local government will help our college realize new levels of success in the areas of diversity, advocacy, and civic engagement,” said Mitchell.

Paul Manthei has been named Director of Logistics for Online & Continuing Education Partnerships. Manthei previously served as an Assistant Professor of Professional-Practice in the School of Education. In this new role, he is responsible for providing college-wide leadership in the development and implementation of the college’s entire portfolio of academic programs offered via distance learning modalities as well as the college’s extensive offerings of professional education and lifelong learning opportunities online in coordination with the division of Online and Continuing Education. Manthei will guide the college’s current and future online and distance education programs and continue to innovate and reinforce our commitment to online learning. In addition, he will identify, assess, and oversee professional development, continuing education, non-degree certificate programs, and specialized training needs in the market and partner with LSU Online and Continuing Education in their creation, marketing, and outcomes.

Petra Robinson has been named Director for Faculty Affairs & Professional Development. Robinson is an associate professor in the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development.

“Per our mission, the College of Human Sciences & Education continues to educate students who are dedicated to improving quality of human life across the lifespan. A critical element in fulfilling that mission is to recruit and retain a highly qualified, talented, and diverse population of faculty and staff,” said Mitchell. “As dean, it is a top priority to provide support in the areas of faculty recruitment, retention, success and governance.”

In this new role for the college, Robinson will assist with faculty recruitment, reviewing position descriptions to be used in the search process, monitor strategic faculty recruitment goals and targets, collaborate to prepare information packets regarding promotion and tenure, and work with college leadership to identify their strategic faculty recruitment. She will also oversee and implement the new faculty success program. Robinson will provide leadership for designing, implementing, and assessing staff development. 

Arend Van Gemmert has been named Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies.

“During my tenure as interim dean, Arend Van Gemmert served in an acting capacity, and has done an excellent job in furthering our research capacity and productivity, as well as enhancing our graduate programs and enrollment,” said Mitchell. “I’m thrilled to see him named to the permanent role and look forward to his strategic leadership as our college continues to flourish in graduate programs and research.”

As the permanent associate dean for research and graduate studies, Van Gemmert will work with the dean to develop and implement the college’s strategic research plan. He will continue to facilitate graduate faculty research, identify sponsored program opportunities, support faculty, and increase funds available to support the college and departments through external grants, gifts, and contracts. He also oversees and tracks the college’s graduate recruitment and enrollment efforts, facilitates graduate advising, monitors all graduate programs, and serves as chair of the CHSE graduate faculty. This position serves on the Graduate School Advisory Committee, processes graduate faculty appointments for the dean, and manages graduate student support. The associate dean also oversees the college’s graduate distance/online programs.

image of Jackie Bach wearing a purple blazerJackie Bach

image of Renee Boutte MyerRenée Boutte Myer

image of Paul MantheiPaul Manthei

image of Petra RobinsonPetra Robinson

image of Arend Van GemmertArend Van Gemmert