Leadership appointments and changes in CASL

June 29, 2020

Congratulations to several CASL faculty members on their new roles within the college.

Department Chairs

Jim Gilmore (JASS, pictured left) has agreed to serve as interim Chair for both the Department of Language, Culture, and Communication (LCC), and the Department of Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts (LPA) for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Jim will be standing in for Jorge Gonzalez del Pozo (Spanish), who will be off on sabbatical and who will assume the Chair role over both LCC and LPA after he returns. A huge thanks to Deborah Smith Pollard (English) for her excellent work as Chair of LPA.

And thank you to Dale Thomson (Political Science) for his outstanding leadership of the Department of Social Sciences (SSCI). We now welcome Georgina Hickey (History) on board as the new SSCI chair. 

Honors Program

Congratulations to our new Honors Director, Dan Little (Philosophy, pictured left), on his appointment. Dan will be taking over the Honors Program beginning July 1 and has a number of ambitious goals in mind.

Dan is inheriting a program that is in very good shape due to the efforts of its outgoing Director, Scott DeGregorio (English). Scott is to be commended for the hard work that he did in his time as Director; creating an Advisory Board for the Program, restructuring the program's curriculum, invigorating Honors recruiting, and establishing a sound governance structure for Honors.

College-Wide Programs

Kudos to Marilee Benore (Biology/Biochemistry, pictured left) who has been appointed the new Director of the Biological and Behavioral Sciences degree program. Marilee takes over from Nitya Sethuraman (Psychology) who has worked tirelessly to help build BBS into the fastest growing major in the college.

Many thanks are also due to Ivy Forsythe-Brown (Sociology) who is completing her term as Director for African and African American Studies. Ivy's work in building community and strengthening an emerging scholarly focus in the behavioral sciences is truly noteworthy and she has positioned her junior colleagues well to be successful in the college's Promotion and Tenure process.

Anna Muller (History) will be assuming responsibility for the WILL (Women in Learning and Leadership) program. Anna's vision and ability to connect with students will serve her very well in this role. She will be replacing Francine Banner (Sociology) who, for the last two years, has stewarded the program and has built a cadre of truly amazing student leaders.

Our GAM Lab/GIS Certificate Program also has new leadership. Starting July 1, Jacob Napieralski (Geology) will be taking on this duty. Jacob, as many of you know, is an old hand at this, having served in this capacity in the past. His knowledge of the program will serve us well.

Caleb Siefert (Psychology) has ended his term as CASL Undergraduate Research Coordinator. He is succeeded by Yunus Zeytuncu (Mathematics). Thank you, Caleb, for your outstanding work in the area of undergraduate research! 

Environmental Interpretive Center

Finally, congratulations to Claudia Walters (Geography, pictured left) who begins her term as Director of the Environmental Interpretive Center (EIC) on July 1. Claudia's grant writing skills and keen understanding of the campus and the legacy of the EIC will ensure the continued success of that campus gem. And thank you to David Susko (Biology) for the outstanding work done in his time as Director of the EIC. The Center's work with local K-12 Districts and his recent work on pollinators have garnered much attention and make the EIC one of the most recognizable entities on this campus.

Article: EIC Director's Departure

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