Faculty Insider: Dr. Eli Velder, Education Department

Jaclyn Peiser
Editor-in-Chief

Amid the various faculty offices on the second floor of Van Meter sits a modest yet

Dr. Eli Velder of the undergraguate and graduate education departments in his office. (Photo: Christopher Riley)

Dr. Eli Velder of the undergraguate and graduate education departments in his office. (Photo: Christopher Riley)

influential man who has dedicated 56 years of his life to Goucher College. Dr. Eli Velder started teaching part-time at Goucher in 1958.
“I got a phone call from the then chair of the department asking me if I would like to teach one course,” Velder said. “I knew her and she knew me because she was on my doctoral committee at Hopkins. One course [turned into] two courses, then three courses … By 1963 I became full-time.”
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Provost Marc Roy announces Dr. LaJerne Cornish as Goucher’s new associate dean of undergraduate studies

Jaclyn Peiser
Editor-in-Chief

Samuel Kessler
News Editor

Provost Marc Roy announced in an email to the faculty and staff on Tuesday, Feb. 16 that LaJerne Cornish will assume the role of associate dean of undergraduate studies next fall.

LaJerne Cornish, chair of the education department and chair of faculty, in her office in Van Meter (Photo: Christopher Riley)

LaJerne Cornish, chair of the education department and chair of faculty, in her office in Van Meter (Photo: Christopher Riley)

“I’m very excited. I’ve worked closely with LaJerne in her role as chair of the faculty for the last three years,” Roy said. “She is absolutely wonderful in the way she works with students and her colleagues and I am very excited to have the chance to continue working with her in this capacity.”
The Provost first announced the search for current Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies Amanda Thom Woodson’s replacement in a Jan. 13 letter to faculty and staff. Woodson will meet her two-term limit this spring semester and Roy asked for nominations and self-nominations. According to Woodson, other members of the staff and faculty asked to be part of the interview process, including Woodson’s assistant, the Director of the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) Peejo Sehr, and Frona Brown, the college disabilities specialist. After going through the nomination and interview processes, Roy explained, “LaJerne was the best candidate.”
This sentiment continues across the college community.
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