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William Peace University Names Marnie E. Arkenberg, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Instruction

Four-Year Baccalaureate University Promotes Faculty Member to Advisory Position

Raleigh, NC, December 15, 2011 --( William Peace University (, a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Marnie E. Arkenberg, Ph.D., has been promoted to serve as assistant dean of academic affairs and instruction, where she will be responsible for advising students on their academic, career and personal goals, developing strategies to better optimize student learning, and assisting faculty members in the implementation of new teaching methods. Additionally, Arkenberg will execute the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) on Ethical Decision Making by working with instructors who teach courses that contain elements of the QEP and informing the campus community about what ethical decision making is and how it benefits university students. A participant in the William Peace University Arts and Events series planning team, Arkenberg will assist in the recruitment of compelling speakers, reviewing potential plays and productions that compliment the QEP, and analyzing future events that will bolster the intellectual climate on campus.

Previously Arkenberg served as a William Peace University faculty member in child development, teaching courses in cross-cultural development, biopsychology, speech and language development, and children’s thinking. Prior to joining the university, Arkenberg was a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University from 2005-2007, where she taught psychology courses and researched how elementary school teachers use linguistic techniques such as revoicing children’s utterances to help their classes learn sophisticated concepts such as symmetry. She has been teaching college courses either as an adjunct, graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or a tenure-track faculty member since 2001.

“Higher education has always been a natural fit for my career, as I have consistently held a passion for the learning and developmental process of education,” said Arkenberg. “My new position will allow me to expand my thinking and learning about how students develop expertise in their fields of study, as well as how skilled professors are able to negotiate between their deep levels of understanding and the rudimentary knowledge students bring to the classroom.”

“Marnie has an exceptional background in researching and studying how people learn, making her the ideal candidate to serve as our assistant dean of academic affairs and instruction,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “Her considerable experience on the faculty of William Peace University will provide the additional insight needed in improving the overall student learning process and teaching methods incorporated by faculty members for the most effective classroom education.”

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- Arkenberg earned her B.S. from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, her M.A. from the University of Nebraska Graduate College and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Penn State University at State College.

- She is a member of the Association for Psychological Science, the International Association of the Study of Child Language, and The Professional and Organizational Development Network for Higher Education.

- Her community involvement includes advocating for experiential learning by teaching courses that include a service component where students must provide assistance to programs that serve children and their families, such as StepUP Ministry, Neighbor to Neighbor, and the Boys and Girls Club. She also participates in literacy development by reading to children at local child care centers.

- A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., Arkenberg resides in Durham, N,C., with her husband, Bob, her 4-year-old son, Derek, two cats and a dog.

About William Peace University:
William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and will begin admitting male students to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit

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