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Dean Strikwerda's end-of-year letter to A&S faculty

Carl Strikwerda, Dean of the Faculty in Arts and Sciences at William & Mary, recently sent the following end-of-year report to members of the faculty. - Ed.

Dear Colleagues in Arts and Sciences:

Thank you for your hard work and your dedication to our students and to scholarship during what has been a very demanding year.  Budget cuts, the cancellation of salary increases and several faculty searches, searches for the new provost and vice president for student affairs, strategic planning, as well as the challenging round of advising, departmental and program committees, faculty hiring, and curricular planning have kept all of you very busy.  On behalf of our students, alumni, and friends, sincere thanks for all that you do.

Carl StrikwerdaDespite the challenges we have faced, we have made substantial progress.  We recruited our top candidates in virtually all of our searches this year. I hope that, despite the budget cut, we can authorize a large number of searches for next year.  Arts &Sciences was very well-represented in the strategic planning process and outcome, laying the foundation for our planning efforts in 2009-10 and beyond.  New websites have enhanced our communications efforts greatly.  We created a new Minor in Civic Engagement and merged African and Black Studies into a new program in Africana Studies.  The new Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations won major grants for the PLAID project, led by faculty from Economics, Government, and Sociology.    The Integrated Science Center, both Phase I and II, has been finished and occupied, the expansion and renovation of Small Hall is moving ahead, and a feasibility study has been done for a future Arts Complex. Next fall, thanks to strong support from the Mellon Foundation and Swem Library, we will open a new Center for Geospatial Analysis in Swem which will expand our teaching and research in geographic information systems. While the renovation of Tucker Hall has unfortunately been delayed because of state funding issues, we have commenced a feasibility study on the future use of Tyler Hall.  Both Tyler Hall and a portion of Blow Hall are being transferred to Arts & Sciences due to the School of Business moving to its new home. We have initial planning funds for Integrated Science Center Phase III.

I am particularly mindful of all the hours you spend in departmental and interdisciplinary program, College, and Arts & Sciences committees.  Educational Policy, Faculty Affairs, Graduate Studies, Study Abroad, Retention, Promotion, and Tenure, Faculty Assembly, professor selection advisory and evaluation, and many, many more assignments take much time and effort.  By contrast to many institutions, faculty governance is still strong at the College, thanks to all of you.

I would like to offer special congratulations to the following faculty members who have received W&M awards, professorships, or other honors:

Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards

Lizabeth Allison, Department of Biology

Christopher D. Howard, Department of Government


Distinguished professorships:

Lisa Anderson, Economics, Francis West Professor of Economics

Terry Meyers, English, Chancellor Professor of English

Adam Potkay, English, Kenan Professor of the Humanities

Michael Tierney, Government, Hylton Associate Professor of International Relations

James P. Whittenburg, History, Pullen Professor of History


Term Professorships:

Lizabeth Allison, Margaret Hamilton Professor of Biology

Mark Forsyth, Dorman Associate Professor Biology

John Griffin, Class of 2012 Associate Professor of Biology


 Murphy Faculty Fellow:

Deborah Morse, Department of English


University Professors for Teaching Excellence

Carey K. Bagdassarian, Department of Chemistry

Anne K. Rasmussen, Department of Music

Lawrence M. Leemis, Department of Mathematics


Weingartner Professor in International Studies 

Michael Tierney, Government


William and Mary Professor of Community Studies

Anne Charity Hudley, English and Linguistics


Alumni Association Fellows for 2009:

Christopher Del Negro, Department of Applied Science  

Robert Leventhal, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures     

Robin Looft-Wilson, Department of Kinesiology

Paul Manna, Department of Government  


Dean's Distinguished Lecturers and Coco Faculty Fellows:

Simon Joyce, English and Literary and Cultural Studies

Christine Nemacheck, Government


Thomas A. Graves, Jr. Award for Teaching Excellence:

Tom Heacox, Department of English


Thomas Jefferson Award:

Katherine M. Kulick, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures


Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award:

Rowan Lockwood, Department of Geology


Faculty Representative to the Board of Visitors:

Katherine Kulick, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures


Plumeri Faculty Awards:

Todd D. Averett, Department of Physics

Francie Cate-Arries, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Tun-jen Cheng, Department of Government

Daniel A. Cristol, Department of Biology

Martin D. Gallivan, Department of Anthropology

Robert L. Hicks, Department of Economics

Kris E. Lane, Department of History

Chi-Kwong Li, Department of Mathematics

Adam S. Potkay, Department of English

Suzanne Raitt, Department of English

Leiba Rodman, Department of Mathematics

Margaret S. Saha, Department of Biology

Martin B. Schmidt, Department of Economics

Shiwei Zhang, Department of Physics


Assistant professors promoted to associate professor and given tenure:

Christopher Del Negro, Applied Science

Brennan Harris, Kinesiology

Georgia Irby-Massie, Classical Studies

Robert Leventhal, Modern Languages and Literatures

Qun Li, Computer Science

Robin Looft-Wilson, Kinesiology

Paul Manna, Government

Paul Mapp, History

Vassiliki Panoussi, Classical Studies

Jennifer Putzi, English and Women's Studies

Christopher Owens, Theatre, Speech, and Dance

Frederick Smith, Anthropology

Jennifer Stevens, Psychology

Francis Tanglao-Aguas, Theatre, Speech, and Dance

Haining Wang, Computer Science

Sibel Zandi-Sayek, Art and Art History


Associate professor given tenure:

 Peter Kemper, Computer Science


Associate professors promoted to full professor:

Christopher Carone, Physics

Randy Chambers, Biology

Paul Davies, Philosophy

Cindy Hahamovitch, History

Gunter Luepke, Applied Science

Joel Schwartz, Government


I also wish to thank the department chairs and program directors, including the following outgoing members of the Dean's Advisory Council, for their generous service to Arts & Sciences.  I look forward to working with the continuing and new chairs/directors.

Eric Bradley, Biology, Chair of Applied Science, succeeded by Mark Hinders, Applied Science

Paul Heideman, Chair of Biology, succeeded by Liz Allison, Biology

Steve Holliday, Chair of Theatre, Speech, and Dance, succeeded by Joan Gavaler, TSD

Jack Martin, Chair of English, succeeded by Liz Barnes, English, as Interim Chair

Gary Rice, Chair of Chemistry, succeeded by Chris Abelt, Chemistry

I would also like to give a special word of thanks to Kimberley Phillips, Cummings Associate Professor of American Studies and History, who is stepping down after two successful years as Dean for Educational Policy to return to the faculty.

We had an excellent recruiting year. Joining us next year will be 17 new faculty members whom we will introduce to you in the fall. Until then, best wishes and thanks again for your productive and creative work this year.