Search committee expanded for Arts & Sciences’ dean

In the University’s ongoing effort to strengthen inclusiveness, Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton has expanded the Advisory Committee on the Appointment of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences that he announced last month.

“The new dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences will be an important University leader in the era ahead who will play a key role in advancing Dean Ed Macias’ strong academic foundation,” Wrighton said. “As this committee assists me in finding his successor, it is imperative that great attention and effort be given to including outstanding candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Elzbieta Sklodowska, whom I have named co-chair of the advisory committee to serve with co-chair Jim Wertsch, and the three other new members I have appointed, will add additional intellectual breadth to the committee,” Wrighton said.

Along with Sklodowska, the additional advisory committee members are:

Lingchei Letty Chen, Ph.D., associate professor of modern Chinese language & literature and director of East Asian Studies in Arts & Sciences;

Mary Ann Dzuback, Ph.D., associate professor of education and director of the Women & Gender Studies program in Arts & Sciences; and

Petra A. Levin, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences.

Sklodowska, Ph.D., is the Randolph Family Professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures in Arts & Sciences. Wertsch, Ph.D., is the Marshall S. Snow Professor in Arts & Sciences and director of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy and of International & Area Studies.

Wrighton announced in April that Edward S. Macias, Ph.D., executive vice chancellor, dean of Arts & Sciences and the Barbara and David Thomas Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences, will become provost effective Jan. 1, 2009, following a six-month sabbatical.

Ralph S. Quatrano, Ph.D., the Spencer T. Olin Professor and chair of the Department of Biology in Arts & Sciences, has been named interim dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences, effective July 1. Quatrano, who originally had planned to step down as biology chair June 30 and then take a leave, will serve as interim dean until a regular-term dean is appointed.

Wrighton also named the following individuals to the committee to find a new dean:

Deanna M. Barch, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology in Arts & Sciences and of psychiatry and of radiology at the School of Medicine and director of the Silvio Conte Center for Neuroscience Research;

Timothy J. Bono, a graduate student representative to the Board of Trustees and a doctoral student in psychology in Arts & Sciences;

John Michael Clear, an Arts & Sciences alumnus, National Council member and a partner at Bryan Cave LLP;

Gerald L. Early, Ph.D., the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters and director of the Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences;

Thomas E. Ellenberger, Ph.D., the Raymond H. Wittcoff Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the School of Medicine;

Marius Johnson, undergraduate student representative to the Board and a political science major in Arts & Sciences;

Kenneth F. Kelton, Ph.D., the Arthur Holly Compton Professor in Arts & Sciences and chair of the Department of Physics;

Leah A. Merrifield, special assistant to the chancellor for diversity initiatives;

Richard J. Smith, Ph.D., the Ralph E. Morrow Distinguished University Professor, chair of the Department of Anthropology in Arts & Sciences and dean-designate of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences;

Gerhild S. Williams, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor, professor of Germanic languages & literatures in Arts & Sciences, the Barbara Schaps Thomas and David M. Thomas Professor in the Humanities and special assistant to the chancellor for academic affairs; and

Karen L. Wooley, Ph.D., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences and professor of chemistry and of radiology.