Dr. Coley named head of WMC graduate program


Dr. Joan D. Coley, professor of education at Western Maryland College and chair of the Department of Education, has been named dean of the college's Graduate Affairs program. She will succeed Dr. Helen B. Wolfe, who plans to return to the department as associate professor of education. Dr. Wolfe has served as graduate dean since 1985. The new appointment is effective June 1.

Dr. Coley has taught at Western Maryland College since 1973, where she has gained national and international recognition for her pioneering research into and commentary on the nation's reading programs. Before coming to Western Maryland, she was a visiting lecturer at Hood College and an instructor at the University of Maryland. In the late 1960s and early '70s, Dr. Coley was a reading specialist and administrator for the school system in Prince George's County.

A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Coley received an A.B. with honors from Albright College in 1966. She went on to earn her master's and Ph.D. in education from the University of Maryland.


A $250,000 grant by the Jesse Ball duPont Fund will support the partnership between Western Maryland College and the Western Maryland Interfaith Housing Development Corporation (WMIHDC), assisting the organization in its plans to construct low-income housing in five counties in the western part of the state.

The non-profit, ecumenical WMIHDC plans to assist as many as 4,000 low-income individuals in acquiring one of the 1,000 affordable dwellings it hopes to build in Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties over the next 10 years.

Western Maryland College, a private institution for the liberal arts and sciences, has strongly supported the organization since its inception in June 1990. The college now plans to expand its role through the creation of a cooperative internship and independent-study program focusing on issues related to low-income housing in the five counties within WMIHDC's domain.


Western Maryland College will open an off-campus center thifall in Prince Frederick County. The center, which has not yet been sited, will enable students enrolled in the college's Graduate Studies master's program in elementary education (curriculum and instruction option) to complete all courses without traveling to the Westminster campus.

Registration for summer courses in the graduate program will continue through the first day of classes. Four class sessions will be offered this summer, with the first and third sessions consisting of three weeks and the second and fourth sessions consisting of four weeks. Classes meet Mondays through Fridays.

The first session is scheduled for June 22 through July 10; the second for June 22 through July 17; the third for July 13 through July 31; and the fourth from July 20 through Aug. 14. There will be no classes on Friday, July 3.

Registration forms and additional information in the Western Maryland College Graduate Studies program may be obtained by contacting the Graduate Affairs Office, (410) 857-2500, or, from Baltimore, (410) 876-2055, Ext. 500.

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