April 14, 2022

Open forums with College of Arts and Media dean candidates begin Tuesday

Five candidates for dean of the College of Arts and Media at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will meet with faculty, staff and students during a series of open forums beginning Tuesday, April 19. The candidates, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Michelle Carpenter, professor and chair of the visual arts department at the University of Colorado Denver.
  • Hong Cheng, professor and dean, School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago.
  • Jeffery Elwell, vice president for academic affairs at the University of the Ozarks.
  • Daryl Moore, professor at William Paterson University.
  • Michael Thrasher, associate dean and director of graduate studies in the College of Music, Florida State University.

During their respective forums, each candidate will discuss their vision and goals for the College of Arts and Media 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 Arts and Media 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: 

  • Tuesday, April 19 — Michelle Carpenter.
  • Wednesday, April 20 — Michael Thrasher.
  • April 25 — Jeff Elwell.
  • April 28 — Hong Cheng.
  • April 29 — Daryl Moore.

Visit the provost’s website and click on the tab for dean, College of Arts and Media 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. May 2.