Searches initiated for three deans and Libraries director

National searches are underway for three dean positions and the director of Libraries, according to Charlena Seymour, senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and provost.

The searches are intended to fill the tops posts in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM), College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS), and the School of Education as well the campus’s Library system.

According to the search announcements, the CNSM and CSBS appointments will be effective around Sept. 1, while the Education post could be filled “as early as July 1.” The Libraries search does not specify an appointment date.

Mike Malone, dean of the College of Engineering is chairing the CNSM search. Leon Osterweil, professor of Computer Science, has served as interim dean of the college since September 2001. He succeeded Robert Hallock, who stepped down after a year as interim dean.

NSM includes the departments of Astronomy, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, and Polymer Science and Engineering. Four graduate degrees are also offered through interdisciplinary programs including Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Neuroscience and Behavior, and Plant Biology. The college has 208 tenure system faculty, more than 2,220 undergraduate majors, 820 graduate students and an annual budget of approximately $80 million.

The CSBS search is being chaired by Lee Edwards, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

The departments within the college are Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Legal Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and a program in Social Thought and Political Economy. The college has 153 tenure system faculty, more than 600 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduate majors.

Legal Studies professor Janet Rifkin has been interim dean of CSBS since September 2002 when she was appointed to fill the position vacated by Glen Gordon, who retired.

The School of Education search is headed by Cleve Willis, dean of the College of Natural Resources and the Environment. Andrew Effrat became interim dean of the School of Education in September 2002 after Bailey Jackson stepped down to return to the faculty.

The school has three departments: Educational Policy, Research and Administration; Student Development and Pupil Personnel Services; and Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies. There are 46 tenure system faculty and 13 non-tenure system faculty and more than 900 graduate students.

The University Libraries have been led by interim director Gerald (Jay) Schafer since the retirement of Margo Crist in December 2003. The system has an annual budget of more than $12 million, employs approximately 120 permanent staff and and houses a collection of more than 300 databases, 12,000 electronic journals, 15,700 current serial subscriptions, 5.8 million books and government documents, and significant special collections.

The libraries search is being chaired by Linda Slakey, dean of Commonwealth College.

For additional information, including position announcements and search committee membership, see the link below.