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For Immediate Release

June 10, 2014

Contact: Lesley Fry (419) 995-8671

Ohio State announces new dean and director in Lima

The Ohio State University announced today that Charlene D. Gilbert will join the university as dean and director of The Ohio State University at Lima and professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Gilbert, whose appointment will be officially confirmed by the Board of Trustees at its next meeting, will start August 11, 2014.

Gilbert is currently professor and chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Toledo.

"Her leadership and service experiences at the University of Toledo are wide ranging," said Joseph E. Steinmetz, PhD, Executive Vice President and Provost. "I look forward to her leadership at the Lima campus, in the Lima community, the university-wide community and beyond."

In addition to serving as professor and chair of her department at the University of Toledo, she is the founding and current director of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences. Prior to joining the University of Toledo as director of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women in 2007, she was an associate professor in the School of Communication at American University.

She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in media production and analysis. Her interdisciplinary work has included teaching courses in the Department of Theatre and Film.

In her research and creative work as a documentary filmmaker, she has written and produced more than a dozen films and videos. Gilbert has produced and directed two feature-length documentaries that aired nationally on Public Broadcasting Stations during primetime.

She has also been selected for several highly competitive fellowships, including a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, a Bunting/Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Harvard University, and an American Council on Education Fellowship. Further, she served as an artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution.

She earned a BA in economics and political science from Yale University and an MFA in film and media arts from Temple University.

Dr. Gregory Rose, dean and director of The Ohio State University at Marion, will continue serving as the interim dean and director of the Lima campus until Gilbert begins her tenure as dean and director in August.

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