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Georgia Southern University Names Martha Abell Dean of College of Science and Mathematics

Martha AbellGeorgia Southern University has named Martha Abell, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics (COSM). Abell has served as the Interim Dean of the college since 2012.

“Dr. Abell enjoyed strong faculty support for this role,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jean Bartels. “I am very pleased that she has agreed to take on this new role and am confident that she will be a strong leader capable of moving COSM to its next level of excellence.”

A faculty member since 1989, Abell earned tenure in 1995. She has held several administrative positions at Georgia Southern and has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels developing innovative approaches to teaching through the use of technology. In 2004, Dr. Abell was named Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, a role she held for eight years.

“COSM has a great history of excellence in teaching, research and service,” said Abell. “My goal is to help our college continue to provide our faculty with the resources they need to do exceptional things, whether it’s time to develop world-renowned research programs, build nationally-acclaimed degree programs or provide much needed outreach programs to inspire more students in our region to study science and mathematics.”

In 1995, Dr. Abell received the Georgia Southern University Award for Excellence in Research and was selected as a University System of Georgia 2014 Executive Leadership Scholar. She has published peer-reviewed papers in such journals as the SIAM Review, Applied Mathematics and Computations, Mathematics and Computers in Simulation and the Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications.

Abell earned her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, cum laude, from Mercer University. Her Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees were awarded from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement.  Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit: www.georgiasouthern.edu.

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