October 25, 2021

Subject: Launch of National Search for Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Dear Members of the Kent State University Community, 

In November, we will launch a national search for the position of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, currently held on an interim basis for the past 17 months by Mandy Munro-Stasiuk, Ph.D. The dean serves as the principal administrator of the College of Arts and Sciences, with responsibility for personnel, general administration and management, budget, and academic and development functions. This includes providing leadership and oversight to all academic programs, encouraging and supporting continuous improvement of programs and curriculum, advising student recruitment and retention actions and initiatives, and developing and reviewing curriculum and programmatic initiatives. 

This national search is chaired by Christina Bloebaum, Ph.D., dean of the College of Aeronautics and Engineering. Serving on the search committee are Wilson Chung, Ph.D., associate professor of biological sciences; Karin Coifman, Ph.D., associate professor of psychological sciences; Jennifer Cunningham, Ph.D., associate professor of English; Jean Engohang-Ndong, Ph.D., associate professor of biological sciences at the Tuscarawas Campus; Joseph Ortiz, Ph.D., professor of geology; Athena Salaba, Ph.D., professor in the School of Information; Gokarna Sharma, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science; Andrew Tonge, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences; Joseph Vanfossen, Ph.D. , assistant professor of physics at the Tuscarawas Campus; Trevor Walton, undergraduate student majoring in political science; and Emma Bernardi, graduate student majoring in psychological science The committee is charged with developing a position profile, screening top candidates, and recommending finalists for campus interviews. 

After consultation with the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, I have decided this will be a national search. We have secured Buffkin/Baker as the firm that will aid us in this search. 

An important component of any search is gathering feedback from our community. I invite you to take this community survey that will help the search committee in completing the position profile. Your input is vital in identifying opportunities, challenges and characteristics for the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. 

I appreciate your participation in the public presentations of final candidates, which will occur early next semester. 

My best,

Melody Tankersley, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Provost


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