CHSS Dean Search

In January 2021, the provost initiated an internal search for a dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, which will be part of the new college structure in Academic Affairs beginning on July 1, 2021. That search process has produced two finalists, whose application documents are available below.

Dr. Nydia Martinez
Dr. Pete Porter

The finalists will participate in a forum to present their vision for the college and its disciplines, followed by time for audience Q&A. Input will also be open through an online survey instrument. The session will also be recorded for those who are not able to attend the live webinar. If you are unsure whether the new College of Humanities and Social Sciences will include programs with which you are affiliated, you can check the organization chart.

Below is the information to view the candidate presentations:

After attending in real time or viewing the recording of the forum, you may submit your feedback through this survey. You may or may not include your name in your response, at your discretion. The survey closes at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13.


Update: May 4, 2021

The selection of leadership for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is important and challenging. It is essential that we have in that role strong and experienced leadership to manage through a period of college-building, significant transition and shifting resources. There will be ongoing program assessment, program review and the need to prioritize student retention. We will need, in the case of the college and a number of departments, new or revised P&Ps. It will also be important to have a solid dean’s leadership team within the college.

I have initiated what should be a fairly short process to identify an external interim dean with extensive experience across the disciplines. This does not, in my mind, mean we have a “failed” search. What our internal search uncovered was a very talented finalist in Dr. Nydia Martinez who has not yet had the opportunity to demonstrate her leadership on a larger stage or to receive the mentoring and leadership development that many others might have had. To recognize this “discovery,” I have asked Dr. Martinez to take on larger responsibilities as an additional associate dean in CAHSS over the coming year. Among her primary responsibilities will be the transition of those University College elements that can initially be brought into CAHSS. She will also take a unique leadership role in our university-wide HSI initiative, an effort that can perhaps most benefit CAHSS among our colleges. I will also make sure that there is regular and challenging mentoring to prepare Dr. Martinez for leadership responsibilities following this next academic year. It is time we take advantage of our own talent and develop it to create more consistent succession planning.

I have asked Dr. Florian Preisig and he has agreed to continue as associate dean and to fulfill the primary duties of that role while providing continuity and institutional knowledge.

I also thank Dr. Pete Porter for his extended and ongoing service to CALE and the university through multiple layers of change and turnover of leadership positions.

—Brian Levin-Stankevich, Provost