Faculty members start new leadership posts

Nineteen faculty members take new executive officer positions for 2023-24
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Nineteen faculty members have accepted new leadership positions in departments and other academic units within the College of LAS for the 2023-24 academic year.

Executive officers lead each of the almost 70 departments, programs, schools, centers, and other academic units within the College of LAS.

In addition to the new executive officers, five faculty members will take associate and interim assistant dean positions starting with the 2023-24 academic year. These positions help manage operations across the college. This year LAS created an associate dean for research position.

“Our new executive officers and associate deans are experienced, hard-working, and capable members of the college and university,” said Venetria K. Patton, Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of LAS. “With their leadership, LAS will no doubt make strong advances in its missions of teaching and research. I also want to extend our gratitude to those who are leaving the posts. Their dedication and ideas have helped LAS grow its presence as a welcoming and successful environment.”

The new executive officer appointments are as follows: 

Flavia Andrade, director, Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies

Eugene Avrutin, director, Program in Jewish Culture & Society

Aaron Benjamin, head, Department of Psychology

Julie Cidell, head, Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science

Candice Jenkins, head, Department of African American Studies

Erik McDuffie, acting director, Center for African Studies (Jan. 1 through Aug. 15, 2024)

Mariselle Meléndez, director, School of Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics

Harriett Murav, interim director, Program in Comparative & World Literature

Stephen Nesbitt, head, Department of Atmospheric Sciences

Anke Pinkert, head, Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures

John Randolph, director, Russian, East European & Eurasian Center

Gilberto Rosas, chair, Department of Latina/Latino Studies

Emmanuel Rota, director, European Union Center

Deena Rymhs, acting director, Program in American Indian Studies

Dan Shao, head, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures (starting Jan. 1, 2024)

Jonathan Sweedler, acting head, Department of Chemistry

Jeff Trapp, director, School of Earth, Society & Environment

Rod Wilson, interim head, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures (through Dec. 31, 2023

Tony Wong, chair, Department of Astronomy


The new associate and interim assistant deans include:

Antony Augoustakis, associate dean for humanities and interdisciplinary programs

Alejandro Lleras, associate dean for diversity and inclusion

Cari Vanderpool, associate dean for research

Shaowen Wang, associate dean for life and physical sciences

Trina Wright-Dixon, interim assistant dean for inclusive excellence

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Dave Evensen