HPU Hires Award-Winning Professor as Director Of Undergraduate Research And Creative Works

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 19, 2011 – Dr. Joanne Altman was recently hired as director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works at High Point University.

Altman’s responsibility at HPU is to build a campus-wide culture of undergraduate research and creative works. This consists of encouraging the process of undergraduates working with their professors on scholarship in their fields. Her position also entails helping new faculty get started as mentors, offering training and resources that facilitate the process for both students and faculty, creating a forum for showcasing student work as well as a repository of collected work.
“I truly think one of the best parts of a student’s education comes from their individual pursuit of scholarship in their field that goes beyond the classroom. It’s important that we mentor students through the process to ensure it is a positive and successful experience,” says Altman. “That mentorship is enriching to both the student and the professor. I still keep in contact with my college mentor, and I maintain contact with students who have graduated.”

“I am excited to be joining HPU because of the university’s growth, vision and goal to be extraordinary,” Altman adds. “Here, I can focus full time on my passion for undergraduate scholarship.”

Altman says the mission of her position is to impact students. “The goal is to help students achieve something beyond their own expectations,” she notes. “I think that the pursuit of special scholarship in one’s field also gives students the confidence and competitive credentials to pursue graduate work.”

Altman, a New York native, has received many distinguished awards, including the Herrick Award for Outstanding Service, the Ned N. Flemming Excellence in Teaching Award, and the A. Roy Meyers Award for Excellence in Research all from Washburn University. In addition to her positions, honors, and awards, Altman has had much of her research and studies published in professional journals and publications.

Altman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College, a Master of Arts in Psychology from Temple University, a Doctorate in Psychology from Temple University, and a Post Doctorate degree from Johns Hopkins University.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist



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