A new associate provost and a number of academic deans in the College, Graduate School, School of Law and Schools of Business were appointed over the summer.
Professor of Law Jennifer Collins was named to a three-year term as Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives. Collins, who joined the faculty in 2003, will work with faculty from across the University to develop academic programs. She will retain her title as professor of law and will continue to teach in the law school. She succeeds Michele Gillespie, the Kahle Associate Professor of History, who is returning to the history faculty after her three-year term as an associate provost.
Rebecca Thomas, professor of German and Russian, was named to a three-year term as Associate Dean for Faculty Development. Her responsibilities include professional development for faculty; tenure and promotion processes; faculty leaves, awards and fellowships; and supporting diversity in the faculty. Thomas joined the faculty in 1993 and had previously served as chair of the German and Russian department. She succeeds Professor of Biology Herman Eure, who has returned to the biology faculty.
Randall Rogan, professor of communication, was named to a three-year term as Associate Dean for Academic Planning. His responsibilities include the faculty recruitment and hiring process; accreditation and program reviews; and enrollment and course management. Rogan joined the faculty in 1990 and had previously served as an associate dean in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He succeeds Paul Ribisl, the Charles E. Taylor Professor of Health and Exercise Science, who has returned to the health and exercise science faculty.
Bradley Jones, the Tatum Faculty Fellow and professor of chemistry, was named Associate Dean for Recruiting and Program Publicity. His responsibilities include working with program directors to increase student quality and diversity; serving as the point of contact for Graduate School-related matters on the Reynolda Campus; and implementing the recommendations of the Masters and Doctoral Task Forces. Jones joined the faculty in 1989 and previously served as chair of the chemistry department. He succeeds Linda McPhail, who has returned to the biochemistry faculty at the School of Medicine.
Dwayne Godwin was named Associate Dean for Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Professional Development. He is also professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the School of Medicine. He previously served as an assistant dean in the Graduate School and director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. His responsibilities include directing the PhD/MBA program; providing professional development activities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; serving as the point of contact for Graduate School-related matters on the Bowman Gray campus; and implementing the recommendations of the Masters and Doctoral Task Forces. He succeeds Randall Rogan, who has been named an associate dean in Wake Forest College.
Suzanne Reynolds, professor of law, was named to a three-year term as Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Reynolds, who joined the law faculty in 1981, will focus on curricular and academic issues affecting students and faculty. She succeeds Professor of Law Ron Wright, who is returning to full-time teaching.
Charles Iacovou, associate professor of management, has been named Senior Associate Dean of Faculty, effective January 1, 2011. His responsibilities will focus on faculty excellence in teaching, research and service. He was most recently Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Business Programs. He will succeed Michelle Roehm, who will return to teaching full-time as professor of marketing.
Scott Shafer, professor of management, was named Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Business Programs. His responsibilities will include oversight of all graduate business programs, including the MBA programs on the Reynolda Campus and in Charlotte, the Master of Science in Accountancy program, and the MA in Management program. He has served as the program director for the MA in Management program since 2006.
Matthew Merrick will join the Schools of Business in the newly created position of Senior Associate Dean for Students, effective October 1. He will be responsible for student life and will direct the admissions, student affairs and career services offices. He was formerly managing director for MBA Career Services at Harvard Business School, and has most recently been an independent strategy consultant with Education Testing Services.
David Clark, formerly an assistant vice president in the University’s Student Life Division, was named Assistant Dean of Administration. He will oversee the financial and budgetary, facilities, and information technology departments in the Schools of Business.