April 14, 2022

Open forums for College of Liberal Arts dean finalists start April 21

Four candidates for dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will meet with faculty, staff and students during a series of virtual open forums beginning Thursday, April 21. The candidates, in alphabetical order, are: 

  • Eileen M. Angelini, associate dean of the school for graduate studies at State University of New York (SUNY) Empire State College.
  • Jason Knirck, professor of history at Central Washington University.
  • Joddy R. Murray, professor of rhetoric and new media at Texas Christian University.
  • Gwendolyn D. Pough, professor of women’s and gender studies and dean’s professor of the humanities at Syracuse University.

During their respective virtual open forums, each candidate will discuss their vision and goals for the College of Liberal Arts followed by a Q&A. The open forums are in conjunction with each of the candidates’ interviews.

Dean has numerous responsibilities 

The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer for the College of Liberal Arts and reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

The dean works with the faculty and staff in the development and maintenance of the college’s programs and policies and is responsible for its academic program, fiscal management, personnel, external relations, recruitment and retention, among other areas. Each candidate must have an outstanding record as a teacher and scholar and a strong record of academic leadership and administrative experience.

Virtual open forum schedules 

The virtual open forums for each candidate will be from 2 to 2:50 p.m. for faculty and staff, and from 3 to 3:50 p.m. for students.

Virtual open forum schedule: 

Thursday, April 21 — Gwendolyn D. Pough.

April 22 — Eileen M. Angelini.

April 26 — Joddy R. Murray.

April 27 — Jason Knirck. 

Visit the provost’s website and click on the tab for dean, College of Liberal Arts for zoom registration links for each candidate’s forum, the candidates’ full CVs and open forum review forms. The deadline to submit feedback is 4:30 p.m. April 29.