CAS News

Major Changes in CAS

The Office of the Dean of CAS is undergoing reconstruction this summer with the goal of serving the College better in the future. Dean Sapiro has announced the following new developments.

Peter Doeringer has served with tremendous dedication and distinction as Associate Dean of the Faculty but now, following a sabbatical, will return to his research and teaching. This one position will be replaced with three Associate Deans, each holding responsibility for a particular division, plus one Assistant Dean/Director. The three new Associate Deans will be:

  • Humanities: Patricia Johnson, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, a winner of the Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Her most recent book is Ovid Before Exile: Art and Punishment in the Metamorphoses (2007);
  • Natural Sciences: Geoffrey M. Cooper, Professor and Chair of Biology, with research interests in cancer, programmed cell death, signal transduction, and gene expression;
  • Social Sciences: Strom C. Thacker, Professor of International Relations, with specializations in international and comparative political economy and Latin American politics. His most recent book, coauthored with John Gerring, is A Centripetal Theory of Democratic Governance (2008).

They will begin their work in June.

We have had a successful conclusion to the search for a new Director of CAS Communications.  Patrick Farrell, who has most recently been Director of Communications for the School of Education at Syracuse (since 2005), holds an AB in English from Hamilton College and an MS in Public Communications from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse. He previously served as an Academic Information Officer for the Division of Academic Affairs/Institutional Advancement at Syracuse (2002-2005), and various other jobs in marketing, editing, and communications back to 1992. Before that he worked in television news. He will join us on 1 April.