Roanoke College names Dr. Julie Lyon as director of student/faculty research

SALEM, Va. - Roanoke College is pleased to announce that Dr. Julie Lyon, assistant professor of business administration, has been appointed director of student/faculty research. She is succeeding Dr. Jack Steehler, who recently assumed the responsibilities of director of institutional research.

Lyon will oversee the College's various research programs, including the Summer Scholar Program and the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program. She also will serve as a liaison with regional and national student/faculty research organizations and work with other College administrators to obtain grants and gifts in support of the research programs.

Lyon holds a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland and is herself an accomplished scholar. She has worked extensively with students on undergraduate research projects and was an active member in the Junior Faculty Research Colloquium, which includes faculty members from across the College. 

"Dr. Lyon brings a passion for both undergraduate research and faculty research to the position," Dr. Richard Smith, vice president and dean of the College, says. "She also brings great energy, excellent organization skills and a strong desire to strengthen and broaden student/faculty research at the College. She will be a strong and creative advocate for undergraduate research."

"I am thrilled by the opportunity to advocate for student/faculty research at Roanoke College," says Lyon. "Through formal programs such as Summer Scholars, URAP, Honors projects and Independent Studies, our faculty and students have shown an affinity for collaboration. I look forward to talking with faculty and students about their ideas for expanding and improving support for student/faculty research on campus."

Lyon began her new position on August 27 and will continue teaching courses in the business administration and economics department as well as her freshmen seminar on gender and leadership.

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a stunning undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast" and U.S. News & World Report includes Roanoke on its "Up-and-coming National Liberal Arts Colleges" list.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Released: September 7, 2010
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