Hayes Appointed Dean of Academic Affairs at UD

Oct 2, 2017

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The University of Dubuque is pleased to announce the appointment of Gail Hayes, PhD, as dean of academic affairs.

Hayes joined UD in 1999 as an adjunct faculty member in Computer Information Systems (CIS). She came on full-time to serve as chair of the CIS Department until 2006 when she joined administration as the associate dean for academic affairs. Hayes served as interim register for a short period of time.

“During my eight year tenure, I have witnessed Gail’s strengths as an effective and wise administrator, capable of handling the heavy load of operational details while also crafting a vision for the future,” said Mark Ward, PhD, vice president for academic affairs at UD.

In the capacity of associate dean, Hayes took on special projects such as program development of J-Term and a Spanish minor; program revision in Health, Wellness, and Sport, inclusive of a new major in Sport Marketing and Management; program revision in Criminal Justice; and the development and groundwork for the launch of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program, one of the most ambitious program expansions in UD’s recent years.

“It is a great privilege and honor to serve the University of Dubuque as an academic dean. I know that this recognition is attained because of the efforts of colleagues who I have had the pleasure in working with as we advance the mission and values of our institution,” Hayes said. “Particularly, this is an honor for me because of my shared roots with the University. I am a first generation college student who defied conventional wisdom of my generation and sought to attain a college degree. My hometown is Dubuque, and I took some of my first college courses at UD. Who knew when I stepped on campus in 1974 as a student that 43 years later I would become its first female academic dean?”

Hayes also serves as the director of online program, remains available to students to discuss concerns, participates in the hiring process and annual reviews of faculty and staff, serves on faculty committees, and provides oversight on issues of academic integrity, internship coordination, and program assessments.

Hayes has a bachelor of science in physical education from the University of Iowa, a master of arts in computer applications in education from Clarke University, and a PhD in information systems from Nova Southeastern University.