National Search Underway for Dean of Commonwealth Honors College

A national search is underway to fill the post of dean of Commonwealth Honors College (CHC), according to Provost James V. Staros.

A 13-member search committee chaired by John J. McCarthy, dean of the Graduate School, began reviewing nominations and applications on Nov. 29. The appointment of the new dean will be effective on or around July 1.

The new dean will succeed Priscilla Clarkson, who died Aug. 25. History professor Daniel Gordon is serving as interim dean.

According to the posting for the position, candidates are required to have a doctoral degree or equivalent and a record of teaching, scholarship and research sufficient to merit appointment as a tenured professor in an academic department. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate education and research; a strong record of academic administrative experience including mentoring faculty, effectively leading a significant staff, and managing complex budgets; a vision for how CHC and its new residential complex will support the campus’ strategic planning goal of becoming a destination of choice for talented, diverse students; an ability to serve as a vigorous champion for the college on campus, within the Commonwealth, nationally, and globally; an ability to work effectively with faculty members, students, staff, administrators, alumni and external constituencies; a dedication to issues of community diversity and social justice; and proven success in fundraising from alumni, private donors, and foundations.

The other members of the search committee are Neal Anderson, professor of electrical and computer engineering; Nikos Artavanis, assistant professor of finance, Isenberg School of Management and CHC; Brenda Barlow, associate director of CHC advising; undergraduate Renée Barouxis; Joye Bowman, professor and chair, history department; Kathleen Brown-Perez, CHC senior lecturer in anthropology; Isla Castañeda, assistant professor of geosciences; Elizabeth Chilton, associate dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and anthropology professor; Stephen Clingman, English professor and director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute; graduate student Adina Gianelli; Alexander Phillips, CHC senior lecturer in creative writing and director of assessment and curriculum development; College of Natural Sciences and CHC, and  Rebecca Spencer, associate professor and honors director, psychology department.