John A. Hird has been appointed interim dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, effective April 1, according to Provost James V. Staros. Professor of political science and public policy and senior associate dean of the college, Hird will fill the vacancy created when Robert Feldman was named deputy chancellor earlier this month.
“I consulted with the CSBS chairs and with the College Personnel Committee about the appointment of an interim dean, and I was guided by those consultations in making this appointment, said Staros.
A faculty member since 1989, Hird was founding director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, and he served as chair of the department of political science before joining the Dean’s Office, first as interim associate dean and since 2012 as senior associate dean.
He is author of three books, the most recent of which, “Power, Knowledge and Politics: Policy Analysis in the States,” was published by Georgetown University Press in its American Governance and Public Policy series. He has also published numerous journal articles and chapters on public policy and has co-edited four volumes, with a fifth in preparation. He has served on many editorial boards and advisory councils.
Staros said a search for a permanent dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will likely during the next academic year.