February 17, 2010

Search Begins for New Arts and Sciences Dean

Selection committee will include faculty, staff and students

Tufts is establishing a search committee to choose a new dean for the School of Arts and Sciences, and the goal is to have the successor to outgoing dean Robert Sternberg in place by fall, says Jamshed Bharucha, provost and senior vice president.

Sternberg announced in December that he would step down as dean at the end of his term in June. He said he wants to spend more time on his psychology research and his work with professional associations. Sternberg is president-elect of the Federation of Associations of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

The selection committee will be made up of four or five faculty members, one or two staff members and an undergraduate and graduate student, says Bharucha. “I am working with the faculty to get their input into the direction of the school,” he adds, noting that he will announce the composition of the committee in a few weeks. He will seek nominations for the committee from the faculty.

“We want somebody with a proven scholarly record and proven administrative record,” says Bharucha. The new dean should have “high academic standards, a record of strong faculty relations and a commitment to diversity.” Internal and external candidates will be considered in the national search, he says.

The recruitment firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates will assist in the search. The company, based in Philadelphia, describes itself as “a minority- and female-owned executive search firm specializing in providing executive recruitment services to colleges, universities, independent schools and not-for-profit organizations.” According to its website, the firm helped in the search for an executive director of the Master of Science in International Business degree program at the Fletcher School.

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