I moved to Vermillion and joined the University of South Dakota as provost and vice president for academic affairs in July 2014 and have served on the VPSF for two years.
Degrees include a B.A. in psychology and history from Duke University, a M.S. in Psychology from the Univ. of Oklahoma and a PhD from Oklahoma State in Child and Family Studies. In 2012, I served as Interim President of Edinboro Univ. in Pennsylvania and previously was the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education for nine years. Prior to that I served as Dean of the College of Human Ecology at the Univ. of Tennessee and as department head of Family Relations and Child Development at Oklahoma State.
I helped lead early childhood education teacher education programs at the Universities of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech and Tennessee and worked closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to revise the standards for teachers in the conversion of K-6 certification to P-4 and 4-8 certification. I was also on the Department task force to develop the standards for principal and teacher evaluation and was appointed to the Governor’s Early Childhood Council in Pennsylvania. I have several publications in the area of children’s creativity including Creativity in Early Childhood Classrooms.
Jim is married to Susan Curtin and has two adult children: Mollie who lives in Charlotte and Ryan who resides in Sioux Falls.