The Catholic University of America

March 30, 2006

CUA Provost Announces Two Key Appointments

Shavaun Wall

John J. Convey, provost of The Catholic University of America, has announced the appointments of Shavaun Wall as vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies and Ralph Albano as associate provost for sponsored research.

Wall currently serves as professor and chair of CUA's Department of Education. She has been a principal investigator for a series of Early Head Start research studies, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at a cost of $1.8 million, and she has chaired the disability work group of the National Early Head Start Research Consortium. Wall also was the principal investigator for two U.S. Department of Education-sponsored training grants - totaling $2 million - that prepare paraprofessionals working with students with disabilities in D.C. Public Schools. She has been a CUA faculty member since 1977.

"Shavaun Wall is an accomplished researcher, teacher and administrator," says Convey. "Her understanding of assessment, curricula and the teaching-learning process will serve her well in her role as vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies."

Wall received her B.A. from Catholic University in 1972, her M.A. from the Institute for Behavioral Research in 1974, and her doctorate from Columbia University in 1977. She replaces Professor of English Christopher Wheatley, who had been the principal academic officer for undergraduate programs since 2003. Wheatley will retain his position in the English department. Wall's appointment is effective Aug. 16, 2006.

Ralph Albano

Albano has served as interim associate provost for sponsored research for the past year. During that time he also was the director of CUA's Office of Technology Transfer, a position he assumed in 2002. Prior to that, Albano served as the manager for business development and strategic alliances with Axcelis Technologies in Rockville, Md., and as manager of technology commercialization and assessment for the National Technology Transfer Center in Alexandria, Va.

"Ralph Albano has made important contributions to the area of sponsored research since his appointment as director of technology transfer," says Convey. "His experience in research settings and strong managerial and communication skills make him particularly qualified to assume the responsibilities of the associate provost."

Albano earned his bachelor's of science degree from Catholic University in 1984. He also has a master's of engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. His appointment was made effective March 1.

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