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Sergei Kan Seeks Internal Faculty Dean

Anthropology Professor Sergei Kan has written to the head of the Dean of the Faculty search committee and to 490 of his fellow professors asking that the next Dean come from the ranks of the College’s professors, as has been traditional, and not from another school:

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Kan has a well deserved reputation for being outspoken — which, in the Dartmouth context, means that he says what he and a great many people think, but which few people have the courage to say. Bravo, Sergei!

Addendum: I sense a rumbling, ever-deepening discontent with Phil and Carolyn.

Addendum: See the Dean of the Faculty search committee letter in the extended:

13 May 2016

To: Faculty of Arts & Sciences

From: The Dean of Faculty Search Committee

We are writing today to request your assistance in the selection of the next Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, who will replace Mike Mastanduno after his term as Dean of Faculty of Arts & Sciences ends on 30 June 2017.

As noted in the email from the President, the search committee will conduct both a local and nationwide search, aided by an outside firm to help provide a large and diverse pool of applicants. Current and former Dartmouth faculty members are urged to apply and/or nominate their peers; internal candidates will be given full consideration. The search committee will review all applications and nominations, interview finalists, and provide a list of suitable nominees to the President.

At this point in time, the search committee is looking for 1) input in regard to your vision for our “ideal” next dean in terms of qualities, experiences, and skills, and 2) assistance in identifying strong candidates both internal to Dartmouth and external. The job description of the Dean of Faculty taken from the OFDC is enclosed. We will be writing to you again soon with details about the search firm, the nominating process, and our proposed timeline.

Faculty members who would like to share their perspectives with the committee are welcome to do so in writing. We are also planning an open forum for discussion to be held on May 20, from 3-4:30 in Kemeny 105. If you wish to meet with members of the committee in person, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

We look forward to your contributions to this important search.


Kathy Cottingham (Co-Chair)
Mona Domosh (Co-Chair)
Bob Bonner
Graziella Parati
Steve Swayne
Pete Winkler


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