Search Begins for New Dean of Arts and Sciences

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A faculty committee has been appointed to begin a national search for a new dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to take over for Michael Mastanduno, who will return to the faculty after serving seven years as the A&S dean.

Wentworth Hall (Photo by Robert Gill)
The offices of the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences are housed in Wentworth Hall. (Photo by Robert Gill)

In an email to all A&S faculty and staff, President Phil Hanlon ’77 on Monday announced the search committee’s appointment and said the search will begin immediately.

“We aspire to build a talented, diverse pool of applicants for this important position and ask you to nominate compelling candidates, both internal and external. The search committee and I will give internal applicants full consideration and we encourage Dartmouth faculty members to apply,” wrote President Hanlon. “As we build on the strengths of the Arts & Sciences, I am confident that we will attract an outstanding pool of candidates.”

Chairing the search committee are Professor of Geography Mona Domosh and Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences Kathryn Cottingham. The committee’s other members are: Robert Bonner, professor and chair of history; Graziella Parati, professor of Italian literature and language and director of the Leslie Center for the Humanities; Steven Swayne, professor and chair of music; and Peter Winkler, professor of mathematics and computer science. Domosh and Cottingham were selected as co-chairs by the committee members.

“I look forward to working with the committee, the faculty, and the president to find our next dean, a person who understands what Dartmouth is all about and who has the ideas, experiences, and skills to take that understanding and use it to steer us in exciting and productive new directions,” said Domosh.

Said Cottingham, “We are charged with an exciting but daunting task: finding a scholar-teacher who will be an effective voice for the arts and sciences faculty as we both build on our current strengths and look to the future. I am excited to get started.”

The committee, assisted by an executive search firm, will review all applications and nominations, interview finalists, and provide Hanlon with a list of nominees. Committee members were appointed following the procedures outlined in the College’s Organization of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Following a nomination process including both the faculty Committee on Organization and Policy (COP) and the faculty Committee Advisory to the President (CAP), Hanlon selected, and the COP approved, the committee members.

Mastanduno, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government, was initially appointed dean of the faculty in 2010 and was reappointed in 2014 by Hanlon and Provost Carolyn Dever to serve an additional two years. Mastanduno requested the two-year term rather than the standard five-year term in order to be able to return more quickly to full-time research and teaching.                                

Hanlon called Mastanduno “an excellent scholar, educator, and administrator. He’s been widely recognized for his teaching and research on international relations and American foreign policy.”

Mastanduno has been at Dartmouth since 1987 and previously served as associate dean for social sciences, chair of the Department of Government, and director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. He is an expert in international relations theory, U.S. foreign policy, and the politics of the global economy. His work examines U.S. economic and security strategy in the post-Cold War world and the implications of the rise of China for the world economy and the stability of the international system. While serving as dean, Mastanduno has continued to teach and advise students.

The dean reports to both Hanlon and Dever and oversees the A&S divisions—humanities, sciences, social sciences, and interdisciplinary and international programs. The A&S faculty is made up of more than 600 members in 40 academic departments and interdisciplinary programs and is one of Dartmouth’s four faculties. The others are at the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.

Michael Mastanduno (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)
Michael Mastanduno has been dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences since 2010. He will return to teaching and research at the end of the 2016-17 school year. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)
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