September 22, 2016

Forums set for MCMA interim dean candidates

Two candidates for interim dean of the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts will meet with constituents in forums next week. 

The candidates are: Karla Berry, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and an associate professor in the Department of Radio, Television, and Digital Media, and Walter C. Metz, professor in the Department of Cinema and Photography. 

The interim dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the college and is responsible for its academic programs, fiscal management, personnel, external relations, recruitment and retention, among other areas.  All candidates must have a strong record of academic leadership and administrative experience. 

The interim dean will replace Dafna Lemish, who is leaving SIU Carbondale after four years at the helm of the college. 

The forums, which will include a presentation by each candidate, will give university students, staff and faculty an opportunity to meet with the candidates and ask questions about their proposed approaches to the position and will be done in conjunction with their interview for the position.  The candidates will speak on “Leading MCMA into the 21st Century.” 

Full curriculum vitas for the two candidates are available at 

Here is a schedule of the forums: 

  • Metz will hold his forum from 10 to 10:45 a.m., Monday, Sept. 26, in Morris Library, rooms 752/754.
  • Berry will hold her forum from 10 to 10:45 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Morris Library, rooms 752/754.