Search committee established for permanent Languages, Literature and Social Sciences dean

April 19, 2012 | UToday
By Jon Strunk



The Office of the Provost has announced a search for a second founding dean of the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences. The concept of the founding dean is a two-year appointment to the new college.

Applications consisting of a cover letter and curriculum vita are due by the end of business Tuesday, May 1, to the Office of the Provost. A full position description is available here.

“The loss of the college’s founding dean, Dr. Alice Skeens, early in her term means that much of the college’s strategic direction has yet to be fully established and mapped out,” said Dr. William McMillen, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

“The College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences is at the very core of what a comprehensive college education imparts to students, and I have no doubt that among our faculty is a leader who can continue to build upon the college’s early successes and accomplishments,” McMillen said.

Lee Pizzimenti, professor of law and associate dean of students in the College of Law, will chair the search committee. Other committee members are:

• Dr. Thomas Barden, dean of the UT Honors College;

• Dr. Rupali Chandar, associate professor of astronomy;

• Dr. Willie McKether, assistant professor of anthropology;

• Dr. Douglas Leaman, professor and chair of biological sciences; and

• Karen Gallagher, PhD student in the Spatially Integrated Social Sciences Program in the Department of Geography and Planning.

McMillen noted in a letter to the committee that this search is being conducted in a similar manner to the searches conducted in fall 2010 that resulted in the appointment of the first deans of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences — namely a search over a very short time span with a committee consisting of faculty members, faculty administrators and a student.

McMillen asked the committee to recommend three candidates so that he could make a recommendation to UT President Lloyd Jacobs.

Dr. Jamie Barlowe has been serving as interim dean of the college since Skeens passed away in November.