November 8, 2002
of the College Search Update
Joanne V. Creighton has announced that Mount Holyoke is seeking
nominations for and expressions of interest in the position of
dean of the College. In a letter emailed to students Creighton
noted, "We value your help in finding strong candidates for
this important leadership role." Faculty and staff have also
been asked for their assistance in the search process.
Members of the community
are encouraged to send names of persons they believe would be
good candidates for the position by November 13. Faculty are also
being asked to consider the position for themselves and to submit
a letter of interest along with an abbreviated curriculum vitae
no later than December 2.
The review process
is strictly confidential, and candidates will be interviewed by
the Dean of the College Nominating Committee and the president.
Serving on the committee are Elizabeth Braun, director of residential
life; Fatoumata Gadjigo, administrative assistant in the international
affairs office; Molly Gower '04; Amy Martin, assistant professor
of English; Catharine Melhorn, Hammond-Douglass Professor of Music;
Margaret Robinson, professor of mathematics; Robert Shilkret (chair),
professor of psychology and education; Akua Soadwa '03; and
Craig Woodard, associate professor of biological sciences. After
receiving the committee's recommendations, the president
will make the final selection. It is hoped that a dean will be
selected by the end of the semester.
The dean of the College
is responsible for the administration of educational policies
and regulations, the oversight of academic advising and various
student services, and the promotion and enhancement of curricular
and cocurricular initiatives and linkages. Reporting to the president
and serving on the senior staff, the dean is the chief student
affairs officer of the College. Faculty legislation specifies
that the deanship be filled by a tenured faculty member serving
a three- to five-year administrative term. At the November faculty
meeting, the Faculty Conference Committee presented for a first
reading proposed changes in faculty legislation designed to strengthen
the linkages of the dean of the College position to the academic
side of the College and to lessen its administrative burdens.
Contact any member
of the committee or the president should you have questions about
the position. Please address email correspondence to Robert Shilkret
and written correspondence to Dean of the College Nominating Committee,
Office of the President.