The Dean’s Annual Letter

10 September 2021

Dear colleagues,

I hope that your semesters are off to as smooth a start as possible. I learned so much from working with all of you last year as we navigated such challenging circumstances together. This year looks complicated in new ways, and I continue to be grateful for your creativity and flexibility, your commitment to our students, and your contributions to the intellectual life of the college.

I am writing to introduce our new faculty, to recognize faculty serving in leadership positions, and to highlight some faculty milestones and accomplishments.

This year, we are welcoming more than thirty new faculty members, including visiting faculty, instructors, fellows, artists-in-residence, and tenure-line faculty. You can read more about their work here, and I know you will find ways to welcome them into our community.

I also want to congratulate our colleagues who have been recently promoted and those who have been recognized with named chairs. Your contributions to your fields, the college, and our students are inspirational.

I am particularly grateful to our colleagues who are serving in leadership positions this year: those who are chairing units and centers as well as those in special appointments. And of course, there are the many faculty members who are chairing committees. This leadership work is even more difficult and important at this moment.

Finally, although we did have the chance to honor our retirees at graduation, we did not get to celebrate them in all of our usual ways. We very much hope to be able to do that together in the future, and we are thinking of each of you: Andrea Danyluk (Computer Science); Kevin Jones (Physics); Bill Lenhart (Computer Science); Dan Lynch (Biology); Christopher Pye (English); Alan White (Philosophy); and Bud Wobus (Geology).

I look forward to sharing news about the work of the Office of the Dean of the Faculty in the weeks and months to come, but for now, know that I am wishing each of you a healthy and productive semester.

Safa