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CCSU Conducts Search For Dean Of The College Of Liberal Arts And Social Sciences

by Isabella Cenatiempo

The Carol A. Ammon College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) is currently in the process of selecting a new dean.

CLASS houses 17 departments, with programs touching every student at Central Connecticut State University, according to a Campus Announcements email sent out to students on Oct. 16 from President Dr. Zulma Toro.

Toro sent out an updated email on Nov. 6, announcing that the Provost Search Committee had selected 10 candidates to take part in off-campus interviews.

The interviews will be held at the Sheraton Hotel at Bradley International Airport where candidates will meet with the search committee for an hour and with Toro for approximately 50 minutes.
Central hopes the future dean of CLASS will help take Central to a new level of excellence, according to the email.

The committee also held its organizational meeting on Oct. 20. The committee was selected when Toro asked who was interested in being a part of the committee; Toro wanted to make sure there was a good representation from different groups and departments on campus.

The committee is chaired by Anna Suski-Lenczewski, CCSU’s Chief Human Resources Officer. Other members of the committee include: Vicente García, professor in the Department of Art; Gil Gigliotti, professor in the Department of English; Katherine Hermes, professor in the History Department; Carlos Liard-Muriente, professor in the Department of Economics; A. Fiona Pearson, professor in the Department of Sociology; Evelyn Phillips, professor in the Department of Anthropology; Laura Minor, Advising Specialist for CLASS; Stephen Hard, Executive Director for Greater New Britain Arts Alliance and Charles Johnson, Assistant Director for Development/Annual Giving.

The committee is currently putting together the job posting for the position; they met last Friday to finalize it.

Once the posting is put together with the qualifications expected from applicants, the committee will have Toro review it and make sure it is in line with the instructions she gave them.

The available position will be advertised to the public soon for a six-week period; it should be closed by the end of December.

Once all the applications are in, the committee will review them and look at the candidates who meet the qualifications. Then, they will go through the interview process and pick the 10 to 12 most qualified candidates as semifinalists.

The committee will then determine a smaller group of finalists within the 10 to 12 applicants to come to campus and meet with different groups of students and faculty.

The new dean must meet the following qualifications: they must have education and training in at least one of the disciplines in CLASS at a higher-level college or university setting, be looking to increase diversity and enrollment, have excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work and get involved with faculty, students and the community and look to continue the mission of the university, according to Suski-Lenczewski.

“I think we are looking forward to having somebody permanent in place because we have been dealing with interims for the past year. It’s difficult to kind of do things when you’re an interim. Once someone is appointed to the permanent position, then we can go forward with additional work in positive directions,” Suski- Lenczewski said.

The interviews are scheduled for Dec. 5 to 8 in hopes to have the new dean selected before the spring semester. Until then, students and faculty at CCSU can look for further progress reports, opportunities to offer your thoughts and recommendations and the dates for the finalists’ campus visit.