Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Clayton State Welcomes New Dean for College of Arts and Sciences

Clayton State University welcomes the new dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Nasser Momayezi.

Momayezi comes to Clayton State from Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) located in Laredo, Tx. He began teaching at TAMIU in 1995 as an associate professor of political science. While at TAMIU, Momayezi held positions as the department chair, associate dean and was promoted to dean for the College of Arts and Sciences in 2002.

“Moving to a new city and starting a new job can be quite stressful,” says Momayezi, “But people here at Clayton State; especially my colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences, have made us feel at home. We truly appreciate this wonderful Southern hospitality. I am very excited about my new job and I foresee a wonderful bright future for this college and university.”

During his tenure, Momayezi hopes to see the College of Arts and Sciences offer new programs and degrees, as well as a new science building which would be a vehicle to offer more degrees in science fields. He also emphasized the importance of giving faculty as much support as possible so they can become tenured faculty with excellence in both teaching and research.

His primary research and teaching contributions include international relations, Middle Eastern politics, American Constitutional law, and Texas politics. He has more than 40 publications and most recently was the primary author of the third edition of Texas Politics: Individuals Making a Difference.

Momayezi received his PhD in political science from Texas Tech University. In 2003, he also earned a University Management Development Program (MDP) certificate from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.

He received a Master Teacher Award in teaching excellence presented by the University of Texas at Austin in1993 and also honored in 2003 as a Texas A&M University System Regents Professor.

Momayezi has served vice president and president of the Texas Association of the Deans of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He also served as a senior fellow at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

“Clayton State University’s College of Arts and Sciences has an excellent cadre of faculty with impeccable credentials. I will work closely with this dedicated faculty to move this college to the next level of excellence,” says Momayezi.

Momayezi is married with two children who are 12 and six years old. After living in Texas for more then two decades, he and his family now reside in Smyrna, Ga.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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