Happy New Year! We are off to a racing start in spring 2017. The first few weeks of a Georgia State spring semester can be a chaotic time, as we navigate packed walkways, parking decks, elevators and hallways while managing our ever-evolving class rolls and all the rest that we do. I am very proud of the collective effort in the college to bring order to the “chaos” in making sure our students get into the right classes and receive the education they are so eager for.
In addition to the usual flurry of spring semester activities, we in the college are charging forward during a considerable period of transition, self-examination, and exploration. Earlier this week I announced upcoming departures by three associate deans, who have decided to step down and return to the faculty in June. Again, I thank Don Reitzes, MaryAnn Romski, and Carol Winkler for their exemplary service and leadership in support of the college.
Today I am prepared to announce organizational changes to the Dean’s Office that will take effect in July 2017. These changes will allow us to press forward to accomplish much in the university’s strategic directions. The new structure will encompass four associate dean positions organized around functional areas, rather than around broad discipline areas. These core leadership positions include an Associate Dean for Academic Success, an Associate Dean for Faculty Development, an Associate Dean for Faculty Evaluation, and an Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Graduate Studies.
To fill the Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Graduate Studies position, Dr. Binghe Wang has agreed to serve in this new role for two years, beginning in July. Dr. Wang is a Regents’ Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Drug Discovery. He has served as Associate Dean for Natural and Computational Sciences since 2014, before which he served for three years as chair of the Department of Chemistry. In addition, he has directed Georgia State’s Center for Diagnostics and Therapeutics since its establishment in 2011. With his vast experience as an innovative researcher and administrator, Dr. Wang will help me shape this position and further develop the functional areas it oversees.
I will announce internal searches for the remaining three associate dean positions within the next several weeks, and I will make available the complete position descriptions at that time.
The Dean’s Office reorganization leaves intact our college-level service areas, such as our financial services, public relations, and advisement functions, but the reporting lines are shifting in some cases. You can view the updated organizational chart for the Dean’s Office here .
As an administrative unit, the Dean’s Office exists first and foremost to serve the needs of its students, faculty and staff. This new integrated structure will put the Dean’s Office in the best position to serve the college as a whole and its most important functions of student learning and success, faculty development and evaluation, and research and innovation as we move forward. It will provide the right leadership to implement the strategic plan that we will develop as a college over the next couple of semesters. I am excited to work with you to assemble the college’s new leadership team that will support the college in advancing excellence in all that we do.
In related news, I am working with the Office of the Vice President for Development on a national search that is now underway to fill our Assistant Vice President for Development position vacated by Hope Carter. Trina Olidge, Director of Development, is managing our day-to-day fundraising and development operations in the interim.
Stay tuned for additional updates. In the meantime, please join me in applauding the accomplishments of our colleagues, some of them highlighted below.
New Leadership Positions:
The Associate Dean for Academic Success will oversee and support student academic success in the college. Maintaining high standards of academic achievement at all times, the Associate Dean for Academic Success will use data analytics to target courses as well as academic degree and certificate programs for curricular improvement to support student progression. This position will work with academic units and assistant deans to develop innovative undergraduate degree, certificate, and high-impact signature experience programs that meet the needs of the current and future workforce.
The Associate Dean for Faculty Development will oversee and support the hiring, retention, academic and leadership development, and career progression of faculty in the college. This position will institute faculty mentoring and other support programs to help faculty have successful and fulfilling careers.
The Associate Dean for Faculty Evaluation will oversee and support the evaluation, promotion, and tenure process and standards for faculty in the college. This position will oversee policy and process and ensure smooth implementation of faculty evaluation.
The Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Graduate Studies will oversee research support and research productivity in the college, as well as the college’s graduate programs, ensuring vibrant programs and excellent graduate training. Using data analytics to monitor research productivity across the college, the Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Graduate Studies will make recommendations to the dean for resource allocation and other initiatives that will substantially increase research productivity, including but not restricted to grant activity and attainment of research funding. In addition, this position will oversee the development and research productivity of research centers within the college, and it will implement and track college initiatives in pursuit of university and college strategic plan goals in the area of research and scholarship.
Andrea Scarantino, professor of philosophy and neuroscience, was chosen for the 2017 Herbert A. Simon Award for Outstanding Research by the Intrnational Association for Computing and Philosophy. The award recognizes rising scholars whose research is likely to reshape debates at the nexus of computer science and philosophy.
Scarantino's work addresses two main topics: information and emotion. His primary objective has been to define both topics in a way that sharpens them, and also serves useful theoretical purposes. More recently, Scarantino has brought the two together, exploring what kinds of information the expression of an emotion broadcasts, and how emotional expressions may have provided our ancestors with an infrastructure for the emergence of language.
Scarantino holds doctorates in the history and philosophy of science (University of Pittsburgh, 2005) and in economics (Universitta Cattolica de Milano, 2000). He has been awarded a John Templeton Foundation grant on the philosophy and science of self-control, and another from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Helen Marie Cauley, graduate student in English, received the 2016 Beacon Society Award, an annual prize that goes to “an individual, society or organization that has made a significant contribution to exposing young people to the study of Sherlock Holmes stories.” The Beacon Society is an international organization and subset of the Baker Street Irregulars, the enthusiasts' group founded in 1934 with chapters around the world. Ms. Cauley is pursuing her doctorate in English with a concentration in literary studies under the direction of Professor Lynée Gaillet.
Peter Lindsay, associate professor of political science and philosophy, won the Polity Prize for his article, “Polanyi, Hayek, and the Impossibility of Libertarian Ideal Theory.” Polity, widely considered the top journal in political theory, judged Lindsay’s article as the best research article published in its journal in 2015.
Peter Swanson, associate professor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, served as President of the American Council for Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) during 2016.
William Nichols, associate professor and chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures, was elected to serve as President of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL) during 2017. Dr. Nichols has served as a member of the ADFL Executive Committee since 2015.
Carol Winkler, professor of communication and associate dean for humanities, was invited to give the presentation, “The Psychology of Social Media and How to Counter its Effects,” at the NATO Joint Senior Psychological Operations Conference, held at the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL, in December 2016.
Faculty Publication Highlights
Emanuela Guano, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Creative Urbanity: An Italian Middle Class in the Shade of Revitalization (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).
Guano writes about the revitalization of Genoa between the 1970s and 1990s. Based on more than a decade of ethnographic research, Creative Urbanity offers an analysis of urban life that refuses the prevailing scholarly condemnation of urban lifestyles and consumption, and casts a fresh light on a social group often neglected by anthropologists. The creative urbanites profiled by Emanuela Guano are members of a struggling middle class who, unwilling or unable to leave Genoa, attempt to come to terms with the loss of stable white-collar jobs that accompanied the economic and demographic crisis that began in the 1970s by finding creative ways to make do with whatever they have.
Emanuela Guano, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Immaginado Buenos Aires (Milan: Franco Angeli, 2016).
Through multi-site ethnographic research conducted in Buenos Aires at the end of the twentieth century, this book traces the varied - and sometimes contradictory - discourse on the modernity that emerges from the aspirations and anxieties of a middle class increasingly impoverished by neoliberal policies of Carlos Menem government.
Jurjević, Andrea. Small Crimes. Tallahassee: Anhinga Press, 2017.
Won the 2015 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. Now available through Anhinga Press, and through Amazon in mid-February. "Andrea Jurjevic's Small Crimes begins during the Croatian war years of the early 1990's. In the midst of bombings, sniper shootings, and firing squads, the speaker of the poems manages to live an almost normal adolescence, thanks to her grit, her attachment to family, and her skepticism. The book then moves to the postwar years and onward into America, which is not without its own perils. This is a collection that is often dark but just as often beautiful. Jurjevic's language crackles with energy, and she lingers lovingly over the intimate details of a life that is lived with the eyes wide open." - C. G. Hanzlicek, Philip Levine Prize judge
Drug Delivery: Principles and Applications, 2nd edition, Editors: Binghe Wang, Longqin Hu, Teruna Siahaan (John Wiley and Sons, 2016).
Following its successful predecessor, this book covers the fundamentals, delivery routes and vehicles, and practical applications of drug delivery. The book helps readers understand progress in drug delivery research and applications. Updates and expands coverage to reflect advances in materials for delivery vehicles, drug delivery approaches, and therapeutics/ Covers recent developments including transdermal and mucosal delivery, lymphatic system delivery, theranostics. And finally, adds new chapters on nanoparticles, controlled drug release systems, theranostics, protein and peptide drugs, and biologics delivery
Subtirelu, Nicholas Close & Stephanie Lindemann (2016). Teaching first language speakers to communicate across linguistic difference: Addressing attitudes, comprehension, and strategies. Applied Linguistics 37(6) 765-783.
Williams, Ann E., & Toula, C. (2016). Solidarity Framing at the Union of National and Transnational Public Spheres. Journalism Studies, 17, 1-17.
Glenn Eskew (PI), professor of history, “World Heritage Project.” Alabama Tourism Department, $600,000. Learn more.
Jennifer Craft Morgan (PI), associate professor in the Gerontology Institute, “Care Team Redesign: National Evaluation Project, Analysis and Dissemination.” Hitachi Foundation, $226,312.
Eyal Aharoni (GSU PI), assistant professor of psychology, “Testing effects of framing on punishment decisions involving risk assessment.” John Templeton Foundation (via Duke Institute for Brain Sciences), $30,776.
Maged Henary (PI), assistant professor of chemistry, “Evaluating Cost and Clinical Effectiveness of Detecting Retained Surgical Items Using Near-Infrared Technology.” Georgia Research Alliance, $24,931.
John Horgan (GSU PI), professor in the Global Studies Institute, “Trajectories in Radicalization over Time and the Role of Internet Use.” Office of Naval Research (via Boston Children’s Hospital), $29,685.
Stuart Jefferies (GSU PI), professor of astronomy, “Twenty-four hour, horizon-to-horizon Imaging with the AEOS and STARFIRE Telescope.” Air Force Office of Scientific Research (via University of Hawaii), $75,132.
Brian Meyer (PI), lecturer in the Department of Geosciences, “Geospatial Analysis: Impacts of Hurricane Matthew, St. Catherines Island, GA.” American Museum of Natural History, $2,896.
Anne Z. Murphy (PI), associate professor of neuroscience, “Glia Modulation of Morphine Tolerance.” National Institutes of Health (NIH), $359,813.
Peter Lindsay, associate professor of philosophy, addressed the questions that the death penalty often misses in an essay for The Hill. More.
Former State Representative Tyrone Brooks, a long-time civil rights activists, spoke to Georgia State students in African American Studies about a 1946 lynching in Monroe, GA. More.
Kathryn L. Powers, an alumna with a B.A. in political science, was sworn in as a state court judge for Clayton County. More.
GeoVax Labs, a biotechnology company, has signed an agreement with Georgia State to work on vaccines for Hepatitis B. The agreement is based on the work of Ming Luo, professor of chemistry. More.
A team of researchers led by Nikita Wright, a Ph.D. student in biology, has discovered that administering chemotherapy before surgery for breast cancer improves the prognosis for African American patients. More.
Screening: The Mysterious Mr. Slomovic
Join us for a screening of The Mysterious Mr. Slomovic, a documentary film about the Holocaust, stolen art, communism, and one man's artistic dream. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers, Miodrag and Mia Certic, and Georgia State Experts: Jelena Subotic (Political Science), Michael Galchinsky ( English), and Maria Gindhart (Art History).
The event will start at 1 pm in Speakers Auditorium, Student Center East, 55 Gilmer St., Atlanta, GA 30303.