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Finalists named for dean of NMSU Honors College

After an internal search, four New Mexico State University faculty members have been named finalists to serve as the next dean of the NMSU Honors College. William Eamon, who has served as the college?s dean since its establishment in 2004 and as director of its precursor, the Honors Program, since 1995, will retire at the end of this month.

The finalists are Timothy Cleveland, a professor of philosophy at NMSU who served as head of the Philosophy Department from 2002 to 2010; Martha Mitchell, associate dean for research in the NMSU College of Engineering; Miriam Chaiken, a professor and academic department head of the NMSU Anthropology Department; and Mark Andersen, associate dean of the NMSU Honors College.

Cleveland earned his bachelor?s degree in English from Hardin-Simmons University, his master?s degree and Ph.D. in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, and his master?s of fine arts in creative writing from NMSU. He is a 2003 recipient of NMSU?s Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence.

Cleveland will meet with members of the campus leadership and community today, July 9, including a public forum at 9:15 a.m. in Conference Room 225 at Zuhl Library. He will also meet with Honors College students and Crimson Scholars at the William Conroy Honors Center at 2:15 p.m. today, followed by a public reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the same building.

Mitchell served as professor and academic department head for Chemical Engineering before becoming an associate dean. She earned her bachelor?s degree in chemical engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in the same discipline from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. She held the Robert Davis Professorship in the College of Engineering from 2008-2011. She will follow the same schedule of meetings and public forums on Thursday, July 10.

Chaiken is a distinguished achievement professor in anthropology in addition to serving as department head. She earned her bachelor?s degree from Arizona State University and her master?s degree and Ph.D. from University of California in Santa Barbara. She came to NMSU in 2009 after more than 20 years teaching at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Chaiken?s interviews with the campus community will be Friday, July 11.

Andersen is a professor of fish, wildlife and conservation ecology in addition to serving as associate dean of the Honors College. He?s also director of the Office of National Scholarships and International Education at NMSU. He earned his bachelor?s degree in environmental biology and his master?s degree in biology from California State University-Fresno, and a master?s degree in biomathematics and Ph.D. in zoology from University of Washington-Seattle. Andersen will be available Tuesday, July 15, on the same schedule as the other finalists.

For more information, including a complete schedule and curriculum vitae for each finalist and details about the Honors College, visit webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/dhs.