Oct. 11, 2007

Dedman College Dean Search Committee Formed

SMU Provost Paul Ludden has announced the composition of a search committee that will identify candidates for Dedman College dean. The 14-member committee includes a University trustee, faculty members, an administrator and two Dedman College students. Jose Bowen, dean of the SMU Meadows School of the Arts, will serve as committee chair.

"We are searching for a leading scholar who will build on the great strength of the faculty and the staff in Dedman College, as we take the College and SMU to the next tier," Ludden said.

Bowen said this is an important moment for Dedman College and SMU.

“The Provost has selected an excellent committee, and I am honored to be working with them,” he said. “We will be working carefully, but also steadily, to identify finalists as soon as possible this spring.  We are committed to finding a diverse and highly qualified pool of candidates.”

The new dean is expected to be in place by the beginning of the 2008-2009 academic year. 

In addition to Bowen, the Dedman Dean’s Search Committee includes:

  • SMU Trustee Robert Dedman Jr.
  • Vice President for Student Affairs Lori White
  • Faculty members:
    • Christine Buchanan - Professor of Biological Sciences
    • Olga Colbert - Associate Professor of Spanish
    • Douglas Ehring - Professor of Philosophy
    • Bonnie Jacobs - Associate Professor and Chair of the Environmental Science Program
    • David Meltzer - Henderson-Morrison Professor of Prehistory and Director of the QUEST Archaeological Research Program
    • Sherry Smith - Professor of History
    • Laura Steinberg - Professor of Environmental and Civil Engineer­ing
    • S. Lynne Stokes - Professor of Statistical Science
    • Brian Stump - Claude C. Albritton Professor of Geological Sciences
  • Students:
    • Mary Catherine Dodson
    • Stephanie Markman

Dedman College is SMU’s largest school and provides a foundation in the liberal arts for all SMU undergraduates. Dedman offers 80 undergraduate majors and graduate studies in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.



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