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Dear colleagues,

I am writing to share with you an update regarding the search for a permanent director and dean of the School of Civic Life and Leadership in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The search committee has invited four finalists to campus this month who will each give presentations on their vision for SCiLL, and you are welcome to attend these forums. Each presentation is scheduled for 75 minutes, including 30 minutes for Q&A.

All presentations will take place in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of Wilson Library. The dates of the presentations are:

  • 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11: Candidate 1
  • 10:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19: Candidate 2
  • 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23: Candidate 3
  • 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, Candidate 4

Approximately 48 hours before each forum, the candidate’s CV and presentation title will be posted here: (You will need to log in with your ONYEN to access the page.)

Candidates were asked to respond to the following prompt:

Prepare a public talk in which you articulate your vision for SCiLL and discuss how your research and other professional activities intersect with this vision. In discussing your vision, identify what you see as the key questions, debates and opportunities relevant to the work of the school. In discussing your research and other professional activities, identify points of connection with these key questions, debates and opportunities.

A feedback form on each of the candidates will be available on the website page.

I’d like to thank Mark Katz, chair, and other members of the search committee for identifying finalists from a strong candidate pool, and I would like to recognize the inaugural SCiLL faculty for the diligent work they have done since their October appointments to begin developing the curriculum for the new school. We look forward to welcoming a permanent director and dean very soon.


James W.C. White
Craver Family Dean

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