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Bass, Scott A.

Office of the Provost
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Washington, DC 20016-8061

November 11, 2010

 TO:  School of International Service Faculty, Staff and Students
 FROM:  Scott A. Bass, Provost
 SUBJECT:  SIS Dean’s Search Committee


An Ad Hoc Committee composed of Professors Deborah Brautigam, Michelle Egan, and Robert Pastor, in consultation with the Provost, has selected the individuals listed below to serve as the SIS Dean’s Search Committee. In addition, the search firm Isaacson,Miller has been retained to assist in this search and will be meeting with SIS constituencies on November 16-17. The search firm is represented by Vivian Brocard and her associate Ponneh Varho. They would like to hear your thoughts and expectations regarding the new dean. This information will be used to help prepare a prospectus about SIS and the deanship that will be shared with prospective candidates.

The Search Committee members are:

  • Zoe Bollinger, Undergraduate Student
  • Christine Chin, International Communication
  • Derrick Cogburn, International Communication
  • James Gilbert, Director of Advising
  • Tamar Gutner, International Economic Relations
  • David Hirschman, International Development
  • Sikina Jinnah, Global Environmental Politics
  • Clarence Lusane, Comparative and Regional Studies
  • Avideh Mayville, Graduate Student
  • Julie Mertus, International Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Shoon Murray, US Foreign Policy
  • Anthony Quainton, Distinguished Diplomat in Residence (former Ambassador)
  • Peter Starr, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Paul Williams, International Politics

Kristi-Anne Caisse will serve as the Search Committee’s staff resource person.

The Committee’s role will be to review applicant CVs and then narrow the pool to prospective candidates. A small group of semi-finalists will subsequently be brought to SIS to meet with faculty, staff, students, and other key campus constituencies. Visits customarily are for a full day or longer, and it is not unusual to bring back top candidates for multiple visits. Feedback from the SIS community to the Committee members is important so it can accurately reflect the School’s interests when reviewing candidates. The Committee will provide careful review of the finalists, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, for the Provost’s consideration. The Provost, in consultation with the Committee and other stakeholders, will make the final selection and engage in the negotiation with the leading candidate(s). The goal will be to have a new dean in place for a smooth transition with Dean Goodman during the summer.

The search firm will be available to assist with all aspects of the search. They also will reach out to prospective applicants to encourage them to apply, screen candidates, and conduct detailed background and reference checks on finalists.

A meeting will be scheduled with the Search Committee, tentatively November 17, where I will give the group its charge. The Ad Hoc Committee and I believe we have a strong and representative committee which will provide the careful judgment needed to make this process as smooth, inclusive, and effective as possible.