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Search for Graduate College dean extended

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Internal candidates may apply until June 8

The internal search for the first dean of the University of Delaware’s Graduate College has been extended, with nominations and applications now being accepted through June 8, instead of the previously announced May 22.

The University’s newest college, the Graduate College, was established July 1, 2019, in recognition of the impact of graduate study on overall scholarship and discovery. The new college is intended to create opportunities for University-wide partnerships, support curriculum innovation, facilitate high-value interdisciplinary programs and provide centralized support for graduate student services and recruitment.

The new dean will be an integral member of the University’s academic leadership team, working closely with senior administrators and the deans of the other colleges to support and elevate graduate education at the University.

Nominations, including self-nominations, are invited from the University community.

Applications (a letter of interest and comprehensive curriculum vitae in one PDF file) should be submitted to the UD Careers site, through the Current Opportunities UD Employees icon no later than June 8. Nominations or expressions of interest can be submitted via this confidential form. Interviews are expected to take place during June, with the goal to have the new dean in place by July 1.

Review of applicants and nominations will begin June 9 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Graduate College search advisory committee, assisted by the Office of Human Resources and the Office of the Provost, is co-chaired by Abraham (Bramie) Lenhoff, Allan P. Colburn Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Chrystalla Mouza, Distinguished Professor in Teacher Education and director of the School of Education.

Other members include:

  • Estella Atekwana, dean of the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment;
  • Michael Bush, doctoral student in mathematics and past president of the Graduate Student Association;
  • Kathleen Matt, dean of the College of Health Sciences;
  • Shailen Mishra, postdoctoral researcher in the Department of English;
  • Rodney Morrison, vice president for enrollment management;
  • Jill Panté, director of the Lerner Career Services Center;
  • Mark Parcells, professor of animal and food sciences;
  • Maria Purciello, associate professor of music;
  • Mary Remmler, vice president for strategic planning and analysis
  • José-Luis Riera, vice president for student life;
  • Charlie Riordan, vice president for research, scholarship and innovation;
  • Matthew Robinson, professor of hospitality business management and past president of the Faculty Senate;
  • Kami Silk, professor and chairperson of the Department of Communication;
  • Donald Watson, professor of chemistry and biochemistry; and
  • Cathy Wu, Unidel Edward G. Jefferson Chair in Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Doug Doren will continue to serve as interim vice provost for graduate and professional education and dean of the Graduate College while the search is underway.

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