NEW WILMINGTON – Dr. Jamie McMinn, associate dean of academic affairs and professor of psychology, was appointed vice president for academic affairs and dean of Westminster College, effective July 1.
McMinn fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Dr. Jeffrey Coker.
McMinn brings nearly 20 years of Westminster experience to the role. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor of psychology in 2003 and was named associate dean in 2014. In 2017 he took on additional duties as assistant to the president for college relations, partnering closely with the Board of Distinguished Visitors, local and regional foundation partners and federal and state leaders.
He has served as Westminster’s accreditation liaison to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and completed the Council of Independent Colleges Senior Leadership Academy in 2018.
In addition to his work at Westminster, McMinn serves in a leadership role with the College Board’s Advanced Placement exam in psychology. He has been responsible for training high school and college teachers of psychology to enable reliable scoring of high school students’ AP psychology essays.
During the previous seven years, he also chaired the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s program at the American Psychological Association convention. This work was recognized with a society presidential citation in 2019. McMinn serves as a consulting editor for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology journal, and his published research has appeared in various books and peer-reviewed journals in social psychology.
McMinn earned his undergraduate degree from Emory and Henry College and a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He lives in Pittsburgh.