Anna Frazer, a staff associate in the President's Office since 1997, has been named assistant dean for the Communications Requirement, with major responsibilities for oversight of its implementation.
In making the announcement, which was effective Oct. 29, Dean for Undergraduate Education Robert P. Redwine said Frazer would work with the Committee on the Undergraduate Program (CUP) Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement, academic departments and administrative offices to ensure that the requirement is understood by faculty and students and that "the introduction of the requirement is managed smoothly and effectively."
The faculty adopted a CUP recommendation in March 2000 to replace the proficiency-based Writing Requirement with an instructionally based Communication Requirement. The Class of 2005 and future entering students are required to take communication-intensive courses in each of their undergraduate years. The subcommittee's full report is available at http://web.mit.edu/faculty/reports/communication.
"Anna is the first point of contact for members of the community on most aspects of the requirement," Redwine said.
Frazer, who earned the B.A. cum laude in English from Mt. Holyoke College in 1986, was an assistant to the vice president for resources and public affairs at Wellesley College before coming to MIT. Before that, she helped direct the practice curriculum program at the Boston Architectural Center from 1990-96. She has also been a publicist in book publishing.
"The Communications Requirement will make a tremendous contribution to undergraduate education at MIT," said Frazer, whose duties in the President's Office included coordinating the agenda for the monthly faculty meetings. "I have followed work on the requirement since the faculty approved its establishment and I'm very excited to be part of its implementation."
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 7, 2001.