News & Announcements

  • July 29th, 2015

    A search has been launched for Dean of the College of Information and Computer Sciences.  The search committee is co-chaired by Dean Marjorie Aelion, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and Steve Goodwin, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences.  Search committee members are Distinguished Professor Jane Fountain, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration; Professor Aura Ganz, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Distinguished Professor Lila Gierasch,  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Professor Farshid Hajir, Dept. Head, Mathematics and Statistics; Professor Traci Hess, Isenberg School of Management; Associate Professor James Kitts, Sociology; Professor Brian Levine, Computer Science; Professor Andrew McCallum, Computer Science; Mr. Robert Sproull, Adjunct Professor, Computer Science; Professor Thai Thayumanavan, Chemistry; and Distinguished Professor Don Towsley, Computer Science.

  • April 16th, 2015

    Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor of Biography and chair of the department of African and African-American studies at Dartmouth College, has been named the new dean of the Commonwealth Honors College beginning July 1. Previously, she was professor of English and director of Africana Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University and professor of English and associate dean of the faculty at Vassar College.

  • April 16th, 2015

    John A. Hird has been appointed dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, effective April 1. Interim dean since April 2014, Hird previously served as senior associate dean of the college and chair of the political science department. A member of the faculty since 1989, he was the founding director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration and the master’s program in public policy and administration from 1998 to 2006.

  • December 11th, 2014

    A  search for the Dean of Social & Behavioral Sciences was launched in late November. 

  • October 9th, 2014

    A search for the dean of Commonwealth Honors College (CHC) is being launched, according to Provost Katherine Newman.

    “This is a critically important position as the campus positions itself to be the destination of choice for talented, diverse undergraduates from the Commonwealth and beyond,” said Newman.

    The search committee is chaired by John McCarthy, vice provost for Graduate Education, dean of the Graduate School and Distinguished Professor in the department of linguistics.

  • September 30th, 2014

    Elizabeth (Betsy) Dumont of the Biology department, has been appointed Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, effective September 25, 2014.

  • July 29th, 2014

    Professor Daniel Gordon of the history department has been reappointed interim dean of Commonwealth Honors College, effective Sept. 1. 

    Gordon became interim dean last year after the untimely death of Dean Priscilla Clarkson, just days before the opening of the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community. 

  • March 31st, 2014

    It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of John A. Hird, Professor of Political Science & Public Policy and Senior Associate Dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, as Interim Dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, effective April 1, 2014.

  • February 12th, 2014

    The search committee for Commonwealth Honors College Dean has identified Laurie Kramer, Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, as a finalist.  Dr. Kramer will give a presentation to the campus community, Monday, February 24th at 3:15pm in Campus Center, 174-176, and will be available for questions until 4:45pm.