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Get to know: Assistant Deans Mark Collins and Kirk Overstreet

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Mark and Kirk

Mark and Kirk

Recently hired Assistant Deans Kirk Overstreet and Mark Collins have been brought to the college to make a difference for the part time faculty members.

With Overstreet coming from a background in human resources and Collins coming from management, the college has the best of both worlds.

Although Collins has been with the college since November of 2011, the addition of Overstreet has helped gain initiative for the hiring process of the part time faculty.

Overstreet came from the University of Illinois in Chicago where he was an associate director of human resources and on Sept. 24 last year, the college opened a job position that Overstreet could fit well in.

According to Overstreet, becoming the new assistant dean was almost natural.

“It’s like coming home, but it’s all changed,” Overstreet said.

Before Overstreet came back “home” to the college, Collins had been working with the adjunct faculty for around two years.

Collins used to work as a training manager at McDonald’s and an employee/owner of the tutoring company Sylvan Learning Center.

Collins then got his Doctorate in Chicago and later learned about the open position as Assistant Dean at the college.

“I like to study how people teach,” Collins said once asked about his position.

Collins and Overstreet have grown close since Overstreet started last year and although they seem like Ying and Yang, they share the same goal.

“We are working on building the best adjunct faculty,” Overstreet said.

Collins agreed and said that since they’ve started observing more than 200 faculty members all together.

Along with observations, Collins has created a database to help track the teacher’s progress and said that teachers really appreciate the help and feedback.

“It’s hard to find a job that is really useful, where people really appreciate what you’re doing,” Collins said.

Students and staff can find Overstreet and Collins in the Teaching and Learning Center in SRC room 1105/1107 or their personal offices in the BIC room 3416.

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