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World languages and cultures chair appointed CHSBS interim associate dean

Christi Brookes to begin new role Jan. 16

Contact: Heather Smith

​N. Christine Brookes, professor and chair of world languages and cultures, will assume the role of interim associate dean of Central Michigan University's largest college, the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Michael Gealt, executive vice president and provost, said Brookes will begin her new role effective Jan. 16, the same day Marcy Taylor assumes her role of interim dean.

Brookes began teaching French at CMU in 2004 and became chair of the world languages and cultures department in 2012. She also has taught Russian courses, served as an advisor for study abroad and volunteers with a migrant rights activist group in Tucson, Arizona. She won the CMU Excellence in Teaching Award and the Lorrie Ryan Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010.

Brookes co-chaired the Shared Governance and Communication Committee from 2013-2017 and is currently co-chairing CMU's first ACE Internationalization Lab. She has been a member of the Academic Senate, and is currently serving on the search committee for CMU's chief diversity officer. In 2017, she became one of three faculty members to be appointed to the Administrative Fellows Program under mentorship of the president, provost and senior administration.

Brookes earned doctoral and master's degrees from The Pennsylvania State University in French civilization and French, respectively. She also holds a bachelor's degree in French from the University of Arizona.

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