As the associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, Alexander will provide oversight and coordination of academic accreditations, community college articulations, assessment of student learning outcomes, new academic program development, compliance and disclosure issues, and campus data analysis and reporting.
Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Larry Richards said, “Dr. Alexander brings extensive administrative and faculty experience to IU East that makes him a valuable addition to the academic affairs team, as well as to the IU East faculty in general. I look forward to working with Ross on many academic and related initiatives.”
Alexander received his Ph.D. in Political Science with majors in Public Administration and American Politics and a minor in Political Theory from Northern Illinois University. He received his M.P.A. from Arizona State University and his B.A. from Beloit College where he majored in Political Science and History.
Before joining IU East, Alexander was the department head of Political Science and Criminal Justice from 2010-2011 and the assistant department head from 2009-2010 for the North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega, Ga. He formerly held positions at the university as an associate professor of political science and the co-director of the Quality Enhancement Plan.
Previously, Alexander was a visiting assistant professor of political science at the Dominican University in River Forest, Ill., and an instructor of political science at Northern Illinois University in De Kalb, Ill., where he began as a teaching assistant with the department.
Alexander co-edited and co-wrote The Basics of American Government published by the University Press of North Georgia. He has authored several peer-reviewed articles on information literacy and improved student research, the effect of citizen input on state legislature, and legalized gaming. He has recently presented at state and national conferences including the Georgia Conference on Information Literacy, Appalachian Studies Conference, and Midwest Political Science Association Conference.