Toni Doolen was appointed Dean of the University Honors College on June 16, 2012. In addition to leading the University Honors College, which partners with every academic college at the University, Toni will also work with the university community to increase the number and diversity of high achieving students enrolling at and graduating from OSU.
Doolen has been on the faculty at Oregon State since 2001, and is a professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, where she also has been associate head for undergraduate programs.
Prior to joining the OSU faculty, she had a successful career in private industry, working as a process engineer, a manufacturing systems engineer, and a manager with Hewlett-Packard – with the Optical Communications Division in San Jose, Calif., and the Inkjet Supplies Business Unit in Corvallis.
She earned her Ph.D. in industrial engineering at OSU in 2001, just before joining the faculty. Doolen has two bachelor’s degrees from Cornell University, and a master’s degree from Stanford.
UNIVERSITY HONORS COLLEGE
The University Honors College (UHC) serves the needs of motivated, high-achieving, and highly qualified students by providing an engaging and compelling educational experience. Students experience a small college environment with all the resources and opportunities of a leading research university. The UHC serves as a beacon to attract top-tier students to OSU and provides a reason for them to stay in Oregon. The UHC benefits all members of the University community as its students model the highest levels of academic achievement, thereby bringing luster to the entire University. The UHC impacts society as its graduates depart leadership-ready, prepared not just for a job, but also for a career.
The UHC was established in 1995 by the Oregon State Board of Education. It is publicly funded and governed by the Honors College Council appointed by the OSU Faculty Senate. Two UHC students sit on the Council and participate in policy discussions. About 820 students are expected to be enrolled in the fall of 2012. Applications to the UHC are at an all-time high and the quality of the applicants continues to increase. Though only 3% of the students on campus, Honors students garner a disproportionate share of campus, state, and national awards and scholarships. The future of the UHC is bright as more and more students discover the value of an Honors education.