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  New LSA associate deans named
McDonald restructures college by discipline

LSA Dean Terrence McDonald has announced changes in his office—primarily altering the responsibilities of the associate deans—in order to direct what he calls the increasing complexity of managing the college.

In a structure McDonald says is similar to what many other large colleges and universities already have adopted, the responsibilities of the five associate deans will be organized divisionally, rather than by function. The divisions of the college already exist, but in the existing structure, not all disciplines are represented by an associate dean.

"This new structure guarantees that in decision-making in the dean's office, each tradition will be heard," McDonald says. Each associate dean will be responsible for academic affairs (including hiring, promotion and general personnel issues), research, and planning for the division, he says.

The restructuring will not require additional associate dean positions, but because of the normal cycle of appointments that typically are for three years, the faces will change, McDonald says.

Pending regental approval, the new associate deans and their divisions will be: Meigan Aronson, Natural Sciences; Michael Schoenfeldt, Humanities; Susan Gelman, Social Sciences; Robert Megginson, Graduate & Undergraduate Education; and Anthony (Rick) Francis, Budget. Their terms will begin July 1.

McDonald says he chose new leaders who were outstanding academics with a long record of commitment to the University.

"I also looked for people who exemplified interdisciplinarity in their own work, and who had a variety of experiences," McDonald says. Having associate deans who understand the importance of working across disciplines will be a particularly important aspect of the new structure, he says.

Aronson, professor of physics, studies the origin and stability of magnetism in materials. Her honors include fellowship in the American Physical Society, a General Electric Junior Faculty Fellowship, the Community Information Corps, Academic Fellowship, and an Excellence in Concentration Counseling award from LSA.

Aronson came to U-M in 1990. She has served on the LSA Curriculum Committee, the Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory Executive Committee, the Natural Sciences Divisional Committee, the LSA Dean Search Committee, the Dean's Advisory Committee on Gender and the Natural Sciences, and the Gender in Science and Engineering Committee.

Schoenfeldt, professor of English, is a scholar of early modern English literature. His honors include a Faculty Recognition Award, a Michigan Humanities Award, and the William B. Hunter Award for Outstanding Contributions from a Younger Scholar in Renaissance Studies.

At U-M since 1985, Schoenfeldt has served on the executive board of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, and the advisory boards of the Historical Center for the Health Sciences and the Life Sciences Values and Society Program. He also has served on the University Musical Society Theater Committee, the Center for European Studies steering committee, the LSA Nominating Committee, the Michigan Institute for the Humanities executive committee and the LSA Honors executive committee. He was associate chair of the Department of English from 1991-94, was the director of English Honors in 1997, and has been the director of the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies since 1999.

Gelman, the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of Psychology, studies the language and cognitive development in children. Her honors include a J.S. Guggenheim Fellowship, a Distinguished Scientific Award from the American Psychological Association for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, as well as Henry Russel and Faculty Recognition awards from U-M. Gelman has been with the University since 1984.

She has served as assistant to the dean of faculty appointments in LSA. Her committee work includes the executive and nominating committees of LSA, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Women's Issues, the Divisional Board of Rackham, and the executive committee of the Department of Psychology.

Megginson, professor of mathematics, studies functional analysis. His honors include the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, the Ely S. Parker Award of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the University's Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, the Regents' Award for Distinguished Public Service, and three LSA Excellence in Education Awards.

Megginson was one of the initial 12 inductees into the Native American Science and Engineering Wall of Fame at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, and was profiled in the book "100 Native Americans Who Shaped American History." He came to U-M in 1992. He has served on the President's Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs, the Committee for a Multicultural University, the executive committee of the Sweetland Writing Center, the advisory council for the 21st Century Program, the Mathematics Department Executive Committee, and the LSA Curriculum Committee. He is returning from a two-year leave, during which he served as deputy director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.

Francis, professor of chemistry, has research interests in the physical chemistry of novel materials as they interact with light. He was recognized with an Arthur Thurnau Professorship in 1997. Other honors include the Phi Lambda Upsilon Teaching/Leadership Award, Amoco Teaching Award,
U-M Faculty Fellowship, LSA Excellence in Research Award and the LSA Excellence in Education Award.

Francis served as LSA associate dean for research and graduate studies for four years. He currently serves as associate vice president for research and as director of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project.

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