Castañeda Named First Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow

Mari Castañeda

Professor Mari Castañeda of the department of communication has been appointed as the first Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow, effective at the beginning of the spring semester.

Castañeda will be mentored by John McCarthy, dean of the Graduate School, where she will be developing and implementing a new Preparing Future Faculty program as well as participating in planning and decision-making. Her term runs through the fall semester.

“In a highly competitive academic job market, it is critical that our students have the skills they need to get and succeed in faculty positions,” said McCarthy. “Professor Castañeda’s accomplishments as a teacher, her research on faculty careers, and her work with search committees as the College of Social and Behavioral Science’s associate director for diversity advancement combine to make her ideally equipped for this important project.”

The Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow program is designed to prepare future campus leaders. Faculty who have attained the rank of professor and have shown an interest in administrative leadership are awarded a half-time, one-year temporary appointment to an administrative area, shadowing and working with the leader of the host unit. Each fellow will also undertake a significant project to be launched during the fellowship year. Up to four fellows will be appointed in the next round of applications for a fall semester start.