In this position, which officially begins January 1, 2010, I will manage and lead the College’s undergraduate studies operations, including the College-wide advising structure, the Paterno Fellows program, the on-going operations of the records office, and curricular enrichment initiatives. As Associate Dean I will also represent the College on university-wide undergraduate committees and councils and work with departmental undergraduate officers and other faculty to continue to improve the quality of undergraduate education in the College. A significant portion of this job will also involve “other duties as assigned” by the Dean.
I undertake these new responsibilities in the same spirit and with the same commitment with which I first began a career in philosophy. Then as now I seek to engage students at a formative time in their lives and encourage them to orient their lives toward activities informed by the core values of the liberal arts: ethical leadership, critical and reflective thinking, and an openness to other peoples, ideas and cultures.