ATLANTA – Cynthia Searcy has been named the Associate Dean for Academic Innovation and Strategy in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.
The new position was designed to shape the school’s curriculum as it develops programs to advance the field of policy analytics and data science as part of its Policy in the Digital Landscape initiative. The position also will manage new initiatives for student success in the university’s next strategic plan.
“Cynthia’s experience and commitment to quality and learning, her innovative teaching and constant desire to explore and test best practices in pedagogy, will provide the leadership our school needs to continue the advances we have achieved in both student success and our leading role as a policy school,” said Dean Sally Wallace.
Searcy has worked over the last several months to advance the field of policy analytics in her role as one of three faculty members leading the school’s three digital landscape initiatives, which also include AYS Open and research on the human challenges and opportunities ahead.
She will continue to initiate and manage the strategic development of new curriculum to support the school’s innovative and effective academic programs, expand and improve its experiential learning programs – AYSC GSU Consulting, the Perimeter College Pipeline Project and College to Careers – and will continue to work with faculty and staff to develop online programs. She will also serve as a liaison on all intra- and inter-university initiatives that impact the Andrew Young School’s academic programs.
Searcy joined the Andrew Young School in 2008 and is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Public Management and Policy. She also serves as the faculty associate for innovative programs with the Honors College at Georgia State University.