Three finalists for the position of dean of the College of Liberal Arts have been selected to visit WSU beginning next week. While numerous meetings and interviews are slated during the visits, all faculty and staff are invited to attend the open sessions. The open sessions will be announced through WSU Announcements as soon as schedules are finalized.

The finalists are:

* Eric Herzik, interim dean, College of Liberal Arts, University of Nevada, Reno, who is scheduled to visit WSU Pullman March 28 and 29. He has served at Nevada, Reno as the interim dean for the College of Arts & Science as well as chair of the Department of Political Science. His research record includes numerous publications in academic journals, five edited books, and applied contract report experience. His career has included faculty positions at Southern Illinois University, Texas A&M University and Arizona State University. He earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of North Carolina in 1982.

* William Eamon, Regents Professor of History, S.P. and Margaret Manasse Chair and director of the University Honors Program College at New Mexico State University, who will visit April 4 and 5. He received his Ph.D. in 1977 from the University of Kansas. His research interests include medieval and early modern science; the Scientific Revolution; science and popular culture; and magic and occult traditions in Renaissance Europe. He has published a book, Science and the Secrets of Nature (Princeton 1994), and over 50 articles and reviews in the area of the history of science, technology and medicine.

* Eleanor Miller, professor of sociology and associate dean for the social sciences in the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, who will visit April 12 and 13. She has been at Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 1982 and served as chair of the Sociology Department, associate chancellor for affirmative action, and coordinator of the Urban Social Institutions doctoral program. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1984. Her interests include social and feminist theory, deviance, qualitative methods and classical sociological theory.

Since Barbara Couture’s departure for her new post as senior vice chancellor for academic Affairs for the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Erich Lear has served as the interim dean of the CLA. He has provided a smooth transition for the college while a national search has been ongoing. The search committee was appointed late summer 2004 and Judy Mitchell, dean of the College of Education, is serving as chair.

The search committee has worked very hard to identify candidates to come to campus for the interview,” said Mitchell “We are very pleased that these candidates will be visiting WSU. This stage of the recruitment process is critical, and I would like to encourage everyone to attend the interviews and provide comments to the provost.”

Search committee members are:

Amari Barash, assistant professor, Music

Yolanda Flores-Niemann, chair, Comparative Ethnic Studies

Candice Goucher, professor, Liberal Arts, WSU Vancouver

Howard Grimes, dean, Graduate School

Eric Grulke, graduate student, Political Science

Greg Hooks, professor and chair, Department of Sociology

Virginia Hyde, professor, English

Betsy Krueger, associate professor, Communication

Lance LeLoup, professor of Political Science

Lisa McMullen, administrative manager, Foreign Languages and Cultures

Leonard Orr, professor, English, WSU Tri-Cities

Jeff Puckett, vice president of the WSU Foundation

Anna-Maria Rodriguez-Vivaldi, associate professor, Foreign Languages and Cultures

David Shier, associate professor and chair, Philosophy

Marina Tolmacheva, associate dean, College of Liberal Arts

Paul Whitney, chair of Psychology