September 1, 2016
Posed to: John Delaney, President, University of North Florida
Why was there no call for faculty applications for the Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies position? What is your response to those faculty who might have been interested in serving in that position who were denied a chance to put their name forward? When will a permanent Dean of Undergraduate Studies be selected? Will the process be open to qualified faculty?
There was no call for applications for the Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and there was no formal search process. Once the search process for the Interim Dean of COAS was concluded and the decision was made to appoint Dan Moon, I was eager to identify someone who could successfully fill his position as AVP and Dean of Undergraduate Studies on an interim basis. I discussed the position with several people and was very pleased that Karen Patterson expressed interest in the position. Given the potential for a domino relationship between these two positions, it did not seem to be a good use of everyone’s time to go through a search process. There will, of course, be a search process to fill this position on a permanent basis, should that become warranted in the future.