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American University Office of the Provost

Memorandum October 6, 2021

AU Faculty and Staff
Peter Starr, Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Search Update

I am writing to announce the reopening of the search for American University’s next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. I am pleased to report that most members of the search committee appointed during the last academic year have agreed to continue their service. Many thanks to these colleagues, whose names and titles are listed below. I would also like to express my appreciation to David Haaga for once again assuming the role of committee chair.

AY2021–2022 CAS Dean Search Committee Members:

David Haaga (Chair)
Professor, Department of Psychology
Robert A. Blecker
Professor, Department of Economics
Ernesto Castañeda
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Elizabeth Harless
Assistant Dean of Development, CAS, Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Nathan Harshman
Professor, Department of Physics
Eric Leal
Associate Dean for Budget and Administration, College of Arts and Sciences
Nabina Liebow
Professorial Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Religion & Director, CAS LEAD Program
Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Associate Professor, Department of Literature
Luis Silva
Associate Professor, Department of Art
Stacey Snelling
Professor and Chair, Department of Health Studies
Lauren Tabbara
Director, Graduate Academic Programs, College of Arts and Sciences
Kathryn Walters-Conte
Director for STEM Partnerships and Innovation, College of Arts and Sciences
Jessica Waters
Dean of Undergraduate Education and Vice Provost for Academic Student Services
Shouzhong Zou
Professor, Department of Chemistry

As before, Jim Sirianni of the firm Storbeck Search and Sara Biggs of the Office of the Provost will assist us in filling this important deanship. We very much look forward to involving additional members of the AU community in the search as it progresses. 

I am deeply grateful to Max Paul Friedman for his ongoing service as CAS interim dean, a role that he has held since July 2020. Max’s dedication to CAS and to AU is unmatched. As we have returned to in-person activities this semester, his steady leadership and deep institutional knowledge have been essential to our success. Max is a thoughtful and collaborative colleague who has made significant contributions to our Deans’ Council and President’s Council throughout his tenure. He has overseen the launch of the CAS Antiracist Curriculum Development Initiative, the opening of our new Hall of Science, and development of the AU Virtual Tutoring Corps, among many other initiatives. Please join me in thanking Dean Friedman for this important work.

We will share periodic updates with the community as the search unfolds. Once the position is posted, please feel free to reach out to strong prospective candidates to let them know about this opportunity and encourage them to apply. Do not hesitate to be in touch with Sara Biggs ( if you have any questions.