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Finalists selected for NMSU College of Arts and Sciences Dean

Five finalists have been selected by a 12-member search committee for the position of Dean of the New Mexico State University College of Arts and Sciences. The position was formerly held by Waded Cruzado who was named executive vice president and provost at the university in 2007.


The finalists include Charles J. Brody, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Pamela Elizabeth Jansma, professor and chair of the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Yolanda Flores Niemann, professor in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies and special assistant to the dean at Washington State University; Aldemaro Romero, chair and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Arkansas State University; and Jeffrey Scott Thompson, College of Science Interim Dean at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The finalists will interview on campus April 7-11. Finalists' resumes and one-day interview schedules are posted online at www.nmsu.edu/hire.

The position was posted in December 2007 and the review of applicants started in mid-January. The position was advertised nationwide including at NMSU's 15 peer institutions.

Qualifications for the position include an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. The terminal degree should be in one of the arts and sciences disciplines and the qualified applicant should be eligible for tenure at the rank of professor within the Arts and Sciences College.

Other posted qualifications include the ability to interact effectively with diverse constituents on and off campus; well-developed skills in participatory decision-making; significant scholarly, artistic, literary and/or performing achievement; a record of success in supporting undergraduate and graduate instruction, research, and creative activities; successful administrative experience in a Ph.D.-granting research institution at the level of department chair or above; a commitment to affirmative action; and demonstrated commitment to meeting student and faculty needs in a multi-cultural environment.

A history of success in leading university-wide general education programs centered in a College of Arts and Sciences is preferred, as is leadership in distance education.