Guest Blog by Meera Komarraju
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
On July 1, SIU Carbondale launched seven new schools as part of our ongoing academic reorganization.
One of the first steps in creating a new school was to identify its leadership. Faculty in the schools determined whether they wanted to move forward with permanent director appointments or interim appointments that would be followed by a future search.
For permanent director positions, a formal search was conducted following university hiring procedures. For interim director positions, the university completed a search waiver process, in compliance with university policy, that afforded opportunities for meaningful feedback from faculty within each new school.
The new directors and interim directors are:
- School of Applied Engineering and Technology: Julie Dunston, director, associate professor of technology.
- School of Biological Sciences: Andrew Wood, interim director, professor of plant biology.
- School of Computing: Chun-Hsi Huang, director, professor of computer science, who joins SIU after serving as professor of computer science at American University with a concurrent appointment as program director for the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Program at the National Science Foundation.
- School of Earth Systems and Sustainability: Justin Schoof, director, professor of geography and environmental resources.
- School of Health Sciences: Scott Collins, director, professor of allied health.
- School of Justice and Public Safety: Matt Giblin, director, professor of criminology and criminal justice.
- School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences: Eric Jacobs, interim director, associate professor of psychology.
We continue to work with leaders, faculty and staff in the new schools on transition to the new administrative structure. In particular, we are working to make sure that faculty and other appointments for the Fall semester are in place. We appreciate any faculty, staff and student input to make this process as smooth as possible.
We are also working hard on a smooth transition for our students. Current students in the degree programs housed in the seven schools — including students admitted for Fall 2019 — follow the catalog under which they were admitted to the university, and there have been no changes made to degree requirements.
To ensure continuity, students will continue to be advised during the Fall 2019 semester by the academic advisors who served them in Spring 2019.
Five more schools to launch
We are also beginning to plan for implementation of five more schools approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. We anticipate that these schools will form no earlier than January 1, 2020, in time for the Spring semester.
We will form working groups for each school during the Fall semester and will engage in processes for selecting a director or interim director for each school (and a dean for the School of Education).
The schools are:
- Agricultural Sciences.
- Analytics, Finance, and Economics.
- Human Sciences.
- Management and Marketing.
Finally, we will be formulating RMEs associated with creating the colleges for the approved schools this Fall. (An RME, or “reasonable and moderate extension,” is an Illinois Board of Higher Education term for modification of an existing program or administration structure.) We will look forward to discussion of RMEs through our usual campus processes.
We are grateful for the hard work of our faculty and staff as we move our academic programs forward under a new administrative structure.