Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy has appointed Dean Robert S. Feldman deputy chancellor for the UMass Amherst campus, effective April 1.
As deputy chancellor Feldman's primary responsibility will be to coordinate and facilitate campus-wide quality enhancement efforts that require collaboration among areas such as Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Administration & Finance. In this capacity, Feldman will oversee implementation of campus-level initiatives arising from the Strategic Plan. He will also oversee the administration of the Chancellor’s Office, including the Ombuds Office and Equal Opportunity & Diversity.
Says Subbaswamy, "Bob will bring to this position a wealth of skills and experience as an administrator, a nationally recognized researcher and an acclaimed teacher who has a deep knowledge of our campus. His insight and ability to lead a team will be extremely valuable as we continue to strengthen our university and demonstrate its importance as the Commonwealth’s flagship campus. I am confident that Bob’s unique combination of strengths will prove invaluable as we move forward with our critical campus initiatives, and I look forward to the work we all have ahead of us."
A professor of psychology, Feldman has served as dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences since 2009. Among his many accomplishments were strengthening the undergraduate experience by ramping up the SBS Advising Center and increasing support for internships and study abroad, supporting the faculty through mentorship and innovative teaching programs, creating the Institute for Social Science Research, and launching the Computational Social Science Initiative.
The recipient of numerous distinguished awards and recognitions for his teaching and research, Feldman is nationally recognized by his peers. Before becoming associate dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2006, Feldman was Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Psychology, where he initiated the Research and Mentoring Program. Feldman regularly teaches introductory psychology to classes ranging in size from 20 to nearly 500 students. He also has served as a Hewlett Teaching Fellow and Senior Online Teaching Fellow, and he frequently gives talks on the use of technology in teaching. He initiated distance learning courses in psychology at UMass. He also founded and continues to direct Power-Up for Success, a first-year experience course for students.
A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, Feldman is on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS).
His books, which have been translated into languages ranging from Spanish and French to Chinese and Japanese, include The Liar in Your Life, Understanding Psychology, Essentials of Understanding Psychology, Fundamentals of Nonverbal Behavior, Development of Nonverbal Behavior in Children, Social Psychology, Development Across the Life Span, and P.O.W.E.R. Learning: Strategies for Success in College and Life. His research interests include honesty and deception and impression management and have been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research.
An interim dean for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will be appointed in the near future, and a search for a permanent dean will commence in the fall.