LCSC to interview three Dean of Academic Program candidates
Lewis-Clark State College administrators have announced they will bring three candidates to campus to interview for the position of Dean of Academic Programs during February.
See website www.lcsc.edu/deansearch
Louis Furmanski, Department Chair of Political Science at the University of Central Oklahoma, will be the first interview on Feb. 11, while Scott Searcy, Dean of Assessment and Accreditation at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, will interview on Feb. 25, and Sunil Kukreja, as Assistant Dean at the University of Puget Sound, will interview on Feb. 28. All three candidates will have the same one-day itinerary
The position has been open since Aug. 1, 2008 when Christine Pharr resigned to become Vice President of Academic Affairs at the College of St. Mary in Omaha, Neb. Current interim provost Rob Lohrmeyer (Aug 2008-June 2010) and Social Science Division Chair Bill Clouser (July 2010-present) have filled the position on an interim basis. LCSC administrators chose not to fill the vacancy immediately after Pharr's resignation as part of savings to offset budget cuts.
Each candidate will begin their day at 7 a.m. in a breakfast meeting the President's Direct Reporting Units and the Search Committee, and address the topic "the Role and Assessment of General Education at a Comprehensive Four-Year College." After a campus tour, the candidates will meet with division chairs at 10 a.m., and then with interim president Tony Fernandez at 11 a.m. After lunch with interim provost Rob Lohrmeyer, the candidates will hold an open session with faculty and staff at the Williams Conference Center at 1 p.m. The candidates will then have campus presentations at 2:30 on the top of "Your concept of the role of Academic Programs at Lewis-Clark State College" which will include specific initiatives or goals of each candidate. The campus presentations also will be at the WCC.
Furmanski earned a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Communist Studies from Union College in New York and then a Ph.D in Political Science from Purdue in 1990. He has taught at Central Oklahoma, University of the South, Fort Hays State, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, and has served as Founding Dear of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Marywood University. He has served in his present position as professor and department chair of the Political Science Department at Central Oklahoma since 2005.
Searcy earned his Bachelor of Science and Master's degrees in Mathematics from New Mexico Highlands and a Doctorate of Arts from Idaho State University in 1994. He became Dean of Assessment and Accreditation of Waldorf College in 2009 and also served as Faculty Chair at Waldorf in 2009-10. He was Associate Dean of Assessment and Accreditation at Waldorf in 2005-2009 and also served as Natural Science Division Chair and Chair of the Math Department. He has been at Waldorf since 2000. He also previous worked at Bay de Noc Community College, Idaho State, and New Mexico Highlands.
Kukreja earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science at St. Cloud State and a Masters in Sociology at Kansas State. In 1990, he earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at American University. At UPS, he has been Department Head of Comparative Sociology during 2001-03 and again in 2005-08. He started his career at Puget Sound in 1991 as an assistant professor and remains a professor at UPS. Prior to joining Puget Sound, he was a visiting instructor at Old Dominion University. He also had a graduate fellowship at American University.
Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to e-mail their thoughts on the candidates to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 4