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Harpur College dean search underway
December 2, 2016Tweet
The search committee charged with finding the next Harpur College of Arts and Sciences dean has met three times this semester and is working with a search firm to develop a diverse pool of outstanding candidates, according to Executive Vice President and Provost Donald Nieman.
“Members have met and the position has been advertised,” Nieman said. “It’s expected that the committee will screen candidates in late January, then conduct preliminary interviews via teleconference with 10 to 12 semifinalists in early February.
Nieman expects three or four candidates will come to campus in late February for interviews and open sessions.
“The process will remain confidential until finalist candidates come to campus,” Nieman said. “When on campus, the process will open up, with open forums for candidates to present their views and meet with stakeholders at all levels. There will be plenty of opportunities for the campus community to weigh in and provide feedback to the committee and to me.”
The committee is working with a search firm to create a strong and diverse candidate pool. “We had about 80 applicants the last time we searched for a Harpur dean, but the raw number doesn’t tell you much,” Nieman said. “It’s how many high-quality applicants you have, so working with a search firm is key.”
The search firm plays a role in getting top candidates who aren’t necessarily looking for a job, Nieman said. “Candidates are often happy where they are and the search firm reaches out to them, sometimes multiple times.
“We’re using Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, a firm that has an outstanding record of helping universities assemble strong and diverse pools of candidates. They’re being very aggressive in talking with potential candidates to try and get them in the pool. Sometimes that’s what it takes to get the quality and diversity we want,” Nieman said.
Nieman and the search committee ask faculty and staff who know of outstanding potential candidates to encourage them to look at the position description and apply. The posting can be found on the provost’s website.
Members of the Harpur College Dean Search Committee are:
• Upinder Dhillon - dean, School of Management and committee chair
• Laura Anderson - associate professor, mathematical sciences
• Michael McDonald - professor, political science
• Natalija Mijatovic - chair, Department of Art & Design
• Omowunmi Sadik - professor, chemistry
• Pamela Smart - associate professor; director, graduate studies; art history; and
chair, Material and Visual Worlds Steering Committee
• Linda Spear - distinguished professor, psychology
• Michael West - professor, Africana studies and sociology
• Gina Fleming - secretary, psychology, CSEA representative
• Wendy Neuberger - director, Harpur Edge, UUP representative
• Kaitlin Biagiotti - BS cell and molecular biology, biological sciences and BA music, undergraduate student representative
• Leila Salarpour Goodarzi - economics, graduate student representative
• Stuart Koenig ’73 - Binghamton University Foundation representative
• Taris Rodney, Esq., ’08 - City of New York, Administration for Children’s Services, alumni representative