Interview sessions for interim dean for new college start this week

Olivia Swenson-Hultz, Associate News Editor

An interview session for the interim dean position for the new College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will take place Wednesday and Thursday.

Anita Shelton, the current interim dean of the College of Arts and Humanities is the only candidate at this point.

Wednesday’s session is open to faculty and staff and starts at 10 a.m. in the 1895 Room of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

The second session on Thursday is open to the public and starts at 1 p.m. in the 7th Street Underground in the Union.

Open sessions with any other potential candidates will continue to be held until early June and interested colleagues may continue to apply.

The new college was introduced by Eastern Provost Jay Gatrell and will combine the College of Arts and Humanities and the College of Sciences.

In it would be two schools, (the School of Fine and Performing Arts and the School of Communication and Journalism) as well as the history, philosophy, foreign language, English, political science, economics, psychology, biology, physics, geology/geography, math and computer science, sociology, anthropology and criminology and chemistry departments.

The transition into the new college will be July 1.

Doug Klarup, the current interim dean of the College of Sciences, said potential candidates should be a tenured facility member in an affiliated department or academic program, have at least three years of combined experience as a chair, associate dean, or a position of similar responsibility in higher education.

He said the candidate should also have experience with curriculum, as well as assessment, experience with budgets, must demonstrate a commitment to shared governance and “articulate an understanding of personal processes across multiple disciplines and departmental contexts.”

Olivia Swenson-Hultz can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]u