Graduate school dean applicants scheduled for interviews

Monday, February 8, 2010 | 5:31 p.m. CST; updated 8:52 p.m. CST, Monday, February 8, 2010

COLUMBIA — The next steps in the search for a new MU graduate school dean will begin Wednesday with the first round of candidate interviews.

Four candidates from MU, Oklahoma State University and the University of Kansas will vie for the position of dean of the graduate school and vice provost for advanced studies through a multiple-day interview process that will include tours, meetings and meals.

The interview process will continue through March 2. Each candidate is scheduled for an open forum on campus, where the public is invited to ask questions and learn more about the candidates.

Former Dean Pam Benoit accepted the position of executive vice president and provost at Ohio University, and the job announcement was publicized in late September or early October, journalism Professor Lee Wilkins said. The position will remain open for new applications until it is officially filled.

All candidates for the position went through an “airport interview” – an initial interview that allows search committees to quickly interview a large number of applicants – with the search committee, and four were invited back for on-campus interviews.

The two-day process includes meetings and interviews with search committee members, department chairs, faculty groups and graduate student associations. The final decision will rest with Provost Brian Foster.

According to the job announcement, hiring will depend on candidates’ leadership abilities, communication skills and commitment to excellence.

In addition to these traits, Wilkins said, the search committee and provost are looking for someone with a strong ability to work across multiple disciplines.

You can see the full position announcement and description on the graduate school’s Web site.

The candidates, in order of interview schedule, are:

A. Gordon Emslie

  • Interview: Thursday and Friday
  • Open forum: Thursday at 205 Cornell Hall

*All open forums will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Emslie is the associate vice president for research and dean of the graduate college at Oklahoma State University. He spent 23 years at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he taught classes in physics and astronomy and was dean of the School of Graduate Studies from 1998 to 2004.

Emslie’s research specializes in the study of energy release and transport in solar flares. He holds doctoral degrees in astrophysics and science from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

George Justice

  • Interview: Feb. 18 and 19
  • Open forum: Feb. 18 at 205 Cornell Hall

Justice is the interim vice provost for advanced studies and interim dean of the graduate school at MU. He is an associate professor of English and was the English department’s director of graduate studies and associate dean for MU’s graduate school.

He holds a doctorate in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

Diana Bartelli Carlin

  • Interview: Feb. 24 and 25
  • Open forum: Feb. 24  at Ketchum Auditorium in Lafferre Hall

Carlin is a professor in the department of communication studies at the University of Kansas. She was the dean of the Graduate School, the acting assistant provost and acting chair of the department of communication studies at the University of Kansas.

She has a doctorate in speech communication from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Cerry M. Klein

  • Interview: March 1 and 2
  • Open forum: March 1 at Ketchum Auditorium in Lafferre Hall

Klein is program director of manufacturing enterprise systems and service enterprise engineering for the National Science Foundation and is a Lapierre Professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at MU. He was also chair and director of both graduate and undergraduate studies in the department of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at MU.

Klein holds a doctorate in industrial engineering from Purdue University.

For more information about the applicants, including resumes and interview schedules, go to the graduate school’s Web site.

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