January 22, 2016 8:30AM
Bruce Dallman began his academic career more than 30 years ago as a classroom teacher. And that is exactly how he prefers to end it.
Dallman, who has served as dean of Pittsburg State’s College of Technology since 2006, will step down from the post at the conclusion of the spring 2016 semester. After taking some time off in the fall, Dallman will return to PSU to teach technology courses during the spring 2017 semester.
Then, full retirement.
“I started this amazing educational journey in the classroom, and I think that’s a proper way to close it out,” he said. “Getting back to teaching is something I’ve always wanted to do at least one more time, and I’m excited to have that opportunity here at Pittsburg State."
Dallman said he has enjoyed his 10 years as dean of the College of Technology, adding that his favorite part of the job has been the people.
“The thing I’ll remember most about my time at Pitt State is just how incredible the faculty and staff are,” he said. “I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside some very talented men and women, and they are the reason this job has been such a joy. Plus, the students here are exceptional. They work hard, they’re eager to learn and they are a lot of fun to be around every day. I really couldn’t have asked for a better place to spend the past 10 years.”
As for why he’s stepping away now, Dallman said, “it’s time.”
“I’ve had a tremendous run here,” he said. “We’ve accomplished a lot as a college over the past 10 years, and most of the credit for that success goes to the faculty and staff. They are what really makes this place go. I thank them greatly for all they’ve helped me with while I’ve served as dean.”
The university is currently conducting a national search for Dallman’s successor.