North Park University Names Jodi Koslow Martin VP for Student Engagement

Dr. Jodi Koslow Martin, Vice President for Student Engagement
Dr. Jodi Koslow Martin joins North Park University July 1 as vice president for student engagement.

Elizabeth Snezek named dean of students

CHICAGO (May 15, 2013) – North Park University today announced the appointment of Dr. Jodi Koslow Martin to the senior-level role of vice president for student engagement. Koslow Martin has served 14 years at Aurora University, Aurora, Ill., in several roles including dean of first-year students, assistant provost and director of the Crouse Center for Student Success, and interim dean of the College of Professional Studies. Koslow Martin will begin her role at North Park July 1.

The University also announced the appointment of Elizabeth Snezek as dean of students, a role she assumed earlier this year in an interim capacity.

In an interview, Koslow Martin said she was attracted to North Park because of its Christian, urban, and intercultural core values. She also said the "innovative" nature of the position description was attractive. "The position looks at student success and retention from a macro level," she said. "North Park is looking at the collective experiences of its students and asking, 'What makes students stay?' The job was innovative, and the people that work at North Park are also innovators."

"Dr. Koslow Martin has a solid understanding of the field of student development, and will be an outstanding addition to our staff," said Dr. David L. Parkyn, president of North Park University. "She has served as a dean of first-year students, and knows the needs of students transitioning to college. She also developed a center for student success, which is similar to our vision for the Center for Student Engagement." North Park's Center for Student Engagement, with enhanced services for students, will open in 2014 in the Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community Life, currently under construction.

The new vice president will serve as the as co-chief learning officer, with Provost Joseph Jones, for North Park University. Koslow Martin will be responsible for primary aspects of co-curricular learning for all students. She will lead University units including Student Life, Career Development and Internships, International Student Services, University Ministries, Office of Diversity and Intercultural Programs and the Collaboratory for Urban and Intercultural Learning. The vice president reports to the University president and is a member of the senior leadership team.

Elizabeth Snezek, Dean of Students
Elizabeth Snezek, who has served North Park University in several student development roles, is the new dean of students.

Koslow Martin earned a bachelor's degree in 1997, with a double major in English and communication, from St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wis. She earned a master of education from Ohio University, Athens, in 1999. In 2010, she earned a doctorate in higher education from Loyola University, Chicago.

As Aurora's interim dean for the College of Professional Studies at Aurora, Koslow Martin provided strategic direction for four academic units—Business, Criminal Justice, Nursing and Social Work. She conducted faculty evaluations, hired full-time and part-time faculty, set enrollment goals, oversaw the academic staff, managed initiation of online degree programs, and was acting director for the Criminal Justice department. She managed the College of Professional Studies' budget. Koslow Martin led collaborative efforts to increase graduate program enrollment, and launched efforts for a master's degree in applied behavioral analysis. She also initiated a new program for faculty, "College of Professional Studies Summer Talks," to discuss articles on pedagogy and adult learning.

Koslow Martin previously held other leadership positions at Aurora University, including assistant dean of students, assistant dean for student activities and residence life, and director of student activities. She has served on national boards, review committees, and has been a conference presenter on student success and retention.

Snezek earned a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill., and a master of management degree from North Park. She began working at the University in 1993 in the Office of Admissions, before she went to Hungary to teach English for one year in the mid-1990s.

Snezek returned to the University's Office of Student Development. Since then, she has worked in several student-related roles in the University's student development division. Snezek has also taught academic success and first-year seminar courses, and has led a University mission trip. Her position reports to the vice president for student engagement.

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