Charles (Chuck) Collins has been appointed associate dean for academic programs, relinquishing the interim title he held last year. An internal search chaired by Chris Boake was conducted this spring and the committee subsequently recommended Chuck for the position. He accepted the offer and agreed to a five-year term. The position is now a full-time (one hundred percent) appointment. Chuck was also promoted this year from associate professor to professor of mathematics.
Todd Moore, associate professor of psychology, has been appointed interim associate dean of graduate studies for the coming year. Todd’s administrative experience includes serving as director of the Clinical Psychology Program and as a member of the board of directors for CONTACT Crisis Helpline of Oak Ridge since 2011. An internal search to fill the position will be conducted with the goal of making a permanent appointment for the next academic year. The position will continue to be a fifty percent appointment. The associate dean for graduate studies position was vacated by Brent Mallinckrodt who left the college at the end of June to become dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Western Washington University.
Angie Batey, professor of music, accepted the twenty-five percent position as associate dean for diversity when the position had not yet been clearly defined. The college needed someone to advocate for diversity and advance our diversity goals across the college when the new vice chancellor for diversity was appointed at the university level. We hoped to take advantage of any funding and programming available to colleges through the vice chancellor’s office. Now that the vice chancellor for diversity’s office has been dismantled, the need for a dedicated staff member to advocate for diversity and advance the college’s diversity goals is imperative. Angie’s initial term was for three years; however, she has agreed to an extension of her appointment to a full five-year term. The position remains a twenty-five percent appointment.
Lynn Sacco, associate professor of history, has served in a new part-time position working with international, interdisciplinary, and experiential programs. This arrangement has allowed the college to have a much more active and responsive interaction with the chairs and directors of various programs both within the college and across campus. Lynn has agreed to continue in that part-time role (twenty-five percent appointment) as director of interdisciplinary, international, and experiential programs.