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Antioch College announces leadership transition in Cooperative Education

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YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio—March 19, 2011—Richard Kraince, associate professor of cooperative education, has been promoted to dean of cooperative, experiential, and international education, Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt announced.

Kraince succeeds long-time Antioch College faculty member and dean of cooperative education Susan Eklund-Leen, who will retire in December 2013. Eklund-Lean remains at the College as a professor of cooperative education until the end of the fall 2013 term.

“Susan’s 22-year history with Antioch College and the relationships she’s built in the Yellow Springs community were invaluable to the success of the Cooperative Education Program in our first year. She and I are both confident that Rick will provide solid and competent leadership to the program,” Roosevelt said.

“I want to help the next leader of the program be poised for success,” Eklund-Leen said. “I have a great deal of confidence that we have reached the logical conclusion that Rick should assume the leadership role.”

The dean reports to the vice president for academic affairs, Hassan Rahmanian, and is responsible for developing and maintaining an educationally rich co-op job list supporting curricular needs and student interests. A key responsibility will be envisioning a co-op plan that broadens the range of possibilities for experiential education.

Because Antioch College believes scholarship and life experience are strengthened when linked, cooperative education is a core component of the general education curriculum. Before students graduate, they spend at least four terms in full-time positions in local, national, and international settings.

Community partnerships and support from alumni and friends have buoyed the Antioch co-op program. The Yellow Springs Community Foundation’s Miller Fellowship Program is funded by the Nolan J. and Richard D. Miller Endowment Fund, which provides awards to Yellow Springs nonprofits that employ Antioch students in full-time and part-time jobs.

Eklund-Leen worked as a cooperative education faculty member at Antioch College from 1991 until the closure in 2008. At that time she assumed a leadership role for the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute. She returned to the independent Antioch College in 2009 as director of work. In early summer 2011, she was promoted to dean and professor of cooperative education.

Kraince joined the College as a tenure-track associate professor of cooperative education in the summer of 2012. Working with Eklund-Leen, he lead the creation of the Ohio Agrarian Trade Partnership, a joint initiative of Antioch College and Miami University’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability that provides students from both institutions the opportunity to work with employers in the Ohio food and agricultural industry. The program secured a $140,600 state grant, matched by dollars from co-op employers, to create new co-op jobs for students.

Prior to his arrival at Antioch, Kraince held posts as research professor and academic coordinator of the Center for Asian and African Studies, El Colegio de México, where he taught graduate-level courses on contemporary movements, social research methods and the political sociology of Islam. From 2003 to 2006, he directed Ohio University’s Inter-Religious Dialogue Project.

He has conducted field research in Indonesia as a Foreign Language and Areas Studies grantee in 1998–99, a Fulbright Dissertation Research Program Fellow in 2000, and as a Fulbright New Century Scholar in 2005. He also has several years of experience leading experiential education programs in the Caribbean. Kraince speaks English, Indonesian/Malay, Spanish and is currently working on Portuguese.

As dean, Kraince retains his faculty rank and will continue to teach sections of work portfolio courses. He has a PhD in the sociology of education and an MA in international affairs—Southeast Asia Studies from Ohio University.

About Antioch College

Antioch College is a small, liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, notables in arts and culture, the sciences, the public sector, and business. Our innovative baccalaureate program integrates rigorous classroom learning with full-time work and community engagement. Commitments to social justice, sustainability, and global issues are important components of the Antioch College experience. A low student–faculty ratio provides Antioch College students with personal attention from professors who have a strong commitment to teaching. Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is authorized by the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

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