Dear Arts and Sciences UPI People:
All TPs and Instructors should make time next week for the College Assemble to begin discussion of the new dean search in Arts and Sciences. Location is TBA. Please watch your inboxes for more info and plan to be there.
Dear Faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences,
At the request of the Provost, I am calling for the first of two meetings of the College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Assembly for the purpose of providing feedback about how the search for the new Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences should proceed.
This first meeting of the assembly will be on Tues 23 August from 2:00-3:30 (location TBD shortly); the second will be held in the second or third full week of September. These meetings will be prelude to the formation of a team that will be responsible for developing the leadership profile that will guide the search and screen process.
Key questions regarding the search include whether to conduct an internal search or an external search, and if an internal search is done, whether to have the successful candidate appointed “permanently” or for a set term (to be followed by either permanent appointment, or an external search prior to the end of the term appointment). As such, much of our initial conversation should address the advantages and disadvantages of each of these options (as well as exploration of other approaches that might come to mind).
Things that have been identified from prior conversations between the Provost and faculty as being relevant to the question of whether to do an internal or external search include the cost of doing an external search (~ $15k), the challenges of attracting good external candidates in the face of the political and fiscal landscape of the state, the advantage of having a new set of eyes in the office of the dean vs. the advantage of having someone who already knows who we are and the challenges that we face.
In addition, this is our opportunity to identify what we believe are the opportunities and challenges for the college, the things we want to keep and what do we want to change, and the qualities we are looking for in the next dean.
Regardless, the Provost has indicated that he will likely appoint an interim for the spring semester, and that he hopes to develop the leadership profile and name the search and screen committee in the fall, followed by selection of candidates for phone interviews in late January/February, conducting on-campus interviews in March/April, and a start date of 1 July 2017 for the new dean.
Provost (soon to be Interim President} Helldobler has offered to meet with us to address questions and concerns, and I have accepted this offer.
So … please plan to join me and your fellow members of the CAS College Assembly next week, and come prepared to share your thoughts.
Chair, CAS Faculty Assembly