Associate deans named to College of Science and Engineering

Tracy Galarowicz, left, and Christopher Tycner, right.

Central Michigan University announced two new associate deans in the College of Science and Engineering last week.

Tracy Galarowicz and Christopher Tycner will assume their roles on Jan. 1 and June 1, respectively.

A University Communications press release said Galarowicz will lead efforts related to curriculum development and assessment, student success programs, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. 

"I am excited to work with our college’s talented and dedicated faculty, staff, students, and alumni as we support and strengthen our current programs and engage in new endeavors," Galarowicz said.

Tycner will oversee coordinating faculty development programs, facilitating budget planning, and research efforts throughout the college.

"Students share with me frequently that some of the most memorable experiences they take away from CMU at graduation is the fact that they have had an opportunity to work with their professors one-on-one," Tycner said. "This is what makes our CMU special, and I want to make sure we create and maintain such opportunities for our students in the future."

Both Galarowicz and Tycner have experience in the science and engineering field.

Galarowicz is a professor of biology in CMU's Department of Biology and Institute for Great Lakes Research and former department chair. She earned a doctorate in fisheries at the University of Illinois, a Master's Degree in aquatic ecology at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and a Bachelor's Degree in biology at St. Norbert College.

Tycner is a professor and former chair in CMU's Department of Physics and has two degrees from the University of Toronto - a Doctorate in astronomy and astrophysics and a Master's in astronomy. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in astronomy from The University of Western Ontario.

The search for the associate deans was launched in October 2021 by Dean David Ford and associate dean, Jane Davison as search committee chair. Davison retired at the end of last year.