The search committee charged with finding a new dean for Emory
College will hold a series of public meetings this month in hopes
of getting as much input as possible from faculty, staff and students
about where they feel the college is headed and what kind of person
would be ideal to lead it.
Chair Elaine Walker, Dobbs Professor of Psychology, said she and
at least one other member of the search committee will be present
for each of the three scheduled meetings for faculty, which will
Nov. 6, from 2–3:30 p.m. in Cox Hall Room
Nov. 8, from 2:30–3:30 p.m. in Cox Hall Room
Nov. 15, from 9–10 a.m. in Cox Hall Room 1.
• A special student meeting will be held Tuesday,
Nov. 12, from 3–4 p.m. in Cox Hall
“We strongly encourage faculty, staff and students to attend
these meetings and express their viewpoints,” Walker said.
“We have unique and broad representation on the search committee;
we have individuals with a deep understanding of Emory College,
with many different interests and backgrounds represented. But,
of course, the committee is a very small subset, and for that reason
we think it’s very important to have an open discussion with
faculty and students about the search process.”
In addition to Walker, the committee is made up of Marshall Duke
(psychology), Dalia Judovitz (French and Italian), Gordon Newby
(Middle Eastern studies), Sue Jinks-Robertson (biology), Richard
Rubinson (sociology) and Vaidy Sunderam (math and computer science).
Also on the committee are nursing Dean Marla Salmon, University
Libraries Vice Provost Joan Gotwals and Emory trustee Wendell Reilly,
a 1980 graduate of the college. College senior Jason Miller serves
as student representative.
At the meetings, Walker said committee members will present the
group’s tentative timeline for the search, which calls for
review of applications by mid-January, selection of finalists by
late February, and announcement of the new dean by late March.
The committee also will pose specific questions to those in attendance,
such as “How do you see the role of the dean of Emory College?”;
“What are the key priorities that should be addressed by the
dean?”; and “What do you see as the critical issues
facing Emory College at the present time?”
These will be the same questions the committee poses to applicants
for the position, and the responses from the Emory community will
give the group some guidelines in evaluating responses from the
candidates, Walker said.
“Ultimately our priorities, in terms of the qualities of the
candidates, will be determined by the input we receive from faculty,
students and staff,” Walker said.
The deanship of Emory College has been vacant since former Dean
Steve Sanderson left Emory in summer 2001. Bobby Paul, on leave
as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, has filled
the role in an interim capacity since that time.
Walker said an official announcement of the position will be published
very soon in The Chronicle of Higher Education and other
publications customarily used in this type of search.