The university will soon host two candidates vying to become the new dean of the AddRan College of Humanities and Social Sciences.Philip G. Cohen, from the University of Texas at Arlington, will visit campus March 27 and 28, and F. Andrew Schoolmaster III, from Eastern Kentucky University, will visit April 2 and 3.
Cohen said he believes the AddRan school already has a strong foundation in which both students and faculty excel.
“The school has extremely strong undergraduate and graduate programs,” Cohen said. “The faculty is also committed to a teacher-scholar model, and many of the departments emphasize experiential learning such as mentored research experiences and internships.”
Cohen is dean of the graduate school and vice provost for academic affairs at UTA. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware and is also an English professor at UTA.
Schoolmaster, current dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at EKU, went to Kent State University to earn his Ph.D. and is a geography professor at EKU.
Schoolmaster was unavailable for comment by press time.
Mary Volcansek has been dean of the AddRan school since it was reorganized in 2000 to include only humanities and social sciences. She will be returning to the faculty as a political science professor in the fall.
The selection process began last fall when Nowell Donovan, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, formed a selection committee that narrowed the search to the final two candidates.
“This is a very important position,” Donovan said. “This particular dean has the most important position in liberal arts promotion, and the AddRan school deals with a lot of courses in respect to the core curriculum.”
The committee was comprised of five faculty members, one student, one member of the board in the AddRan school and an outside source.
David Grant, chair of the religion department, served as chair of the search committee.
“We had very good applicants,” Grant said. “Right now, we’re just looking forward to their visit and giving the faculty a chance to visit with them as well.”
Donovan said a decision will most likely be made between the two candidates soon after Schoolmaster’s visit in April.