New Dean Named for College of Liberal Arts

Carol LongProfessor Carol Long, a member of the English Department since 1972, has agreed to serve as Willamette University interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts for the next two years. Her appointment is effective immediately.

"Carol brings significant experience to her new role," said Willamette University President Lee Pelton. "She is a respected and trusted member of the CLA faculty who understands the College's history and can lead the College in achieving its aspirations.

Long's many leadership roles at Willamette include chair of the Accreditation Steering Committee, 1999-2001; Associate Dean, 1996-99; English Department Chair, 1990-93; Faculty Council, 1987-89; Academic Council, 1979-82; Director of the Oregon Writing Project at Willamette, 1995-present; and faculty representative to the Board of Trustees Executive Committee, 2000-2002.

Pelton said, "One of the primary tasks of the interim dean is to lead the faculty in meaningful and productive deliberations regarding the aspirations of the College of Liberal Arts. These include discussions of the acculturation of junior faculty in the community; teaching, research and service roles and expectations; workload; and the set of qualities that we are looking for in the new dean.

"Because these conversations will require considerable time, energy and focus, I have asked Professor Long to serve a two-year term. We will begin the search process for a permanent dean after the faculty has completed its consideration of these important issues."

Long replaces Dr. Tori Haring-Smith who is now vice president for educational affairs at Willamette.