Message from the Chair: Dr. Jodie O’Gorman

IMG_20160418_124831Some of our biggest department news this Fall Semester is college news – we have a new Dean of the College of Social Science. Dr. Rachel Croson, formerly Dean of the College of Business at the University of Texas at Arlington, became Dean of our college August 1, 2016. Dr. Croson has served as Director of the Negotiations Center at the University of Texas at Dallas, Associate Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and was Division Director for Social and Economic Sciences for two years at the National Science Foundation. Along with all the other units in the College of Social Science, Anthropology faculty and staff are engaged in a dynamic and participatory strategic planning process for the college. It is an exciting time, and we are enjoying getting to know our new Dean and helping her get to know us.

In other exciting news, we plan to hire for two positions this year.  The department is in the early stages of a search for a tenure-track position in archaeology linked to our Campus Archaeology Program. We are also working on a new, non-tenure track teaching professor position focused on excellence in the anthropology classroom. Fully integrated into the department, this individual will play a key role in the overall advancement of undergraduate teaching.

In closing, please think of us as you make end of the year donations. Your contributions help support graduate and undergraduate research and other learning opportunities, such as Lucy Steele’s participation in the G200 Youth Summit in Germany (cover, and page 6). Participation in professional meetings, such as Mari Isa’s presentation at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (page 11), as well as undergraduate presentations are also funded in part by your generous contributions.

This article appears in our Fall 2016 newsletter. Read the entire newsletter here.