Theme Leadership Transitions
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Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme Leadership:


  Monamie Bhadra
The Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme leadership is changing, but the transition will be seamless, thanks to a history of collaboration.
Peter Hahn, Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities, has been named lead dean of the Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme. He assumes that position from Arts and Sciences Vice Dean Susan Williams, who along with former Vice Provost Michael Boehm, has worked to guide planning for this Discovery Theme initiative since its inception in 2015. Vice Dean Williams will continue to support the Theme through September 2017, providing advice and assistance in such areas as strategic and budget planning. 
In his new role, Dean Hahn becomes part of the Discovery Themes Executive Committee led by Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron and composed of Senior Vice President for Research Caroline Whitacre and the lead deans of the other Discovery Theme areas: Cathann Kress (Food Production and Security), David Manderscheid (Translational Data Analytics), David Williams (Energy and Environment), and Karla Zadnik (Health and Wellness). Vice Dean Williams will continue to serve on the Executive Committee as well through summer 2017. The Executive Committee’s responsibilities include making budget recommendations to the provost and providing strategic updates to the Board of Trustees.
Dean Hahn will also oversee the Humanities and the Arts Theme’s ongoing evolution as a definer and driver of responses and solutions to real-world issues while at the same time preserving, understanding, and interpreting the past and the present. He will continue to lead the Theme’s two-year pilot program within the Division of Arts and Humanities that is currently funding 11 clusters of faculty and students working on interdisciplinary topics. Based on outcomes from the initial year of the pilots, and with input from the pilot PIs, the program’s steering committee, and the Arts and Humanities department chairs, Dean Hahn will develop and implement a plan for the Theme’s first focus area. He will also appoint a faculty leader for the new focus area and establish a hiring plan to support it. A second focus area is likely to be identified within the next two to three years.

Congratulations to Dean Hahn and warmest wishes for his success as Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme lead dean.

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