With the close of the 2020-2021 academic year, I write to extend my sincere thanks to all members of the CNS community for your commitment to our mission, especially while managing the personal and professional challenges that many of you have also faced. Participating in the CNS commencement ceremony on the evening of May 14 was a wonderful reminder of how integral our connections to one another are to all that we do, and I look forward to our return to normal operations later this summer. In the interim, I wish you a peaceful and healthy summer.
While much of the past year has been focused on managing the impact that the challenges and inequities we have faced as a society have had on the college, we have also undertaken some strategic initiatives to position CNS for rapid recovery. Our previously announced organizational reviews for staffing across the college through the CNStrives project and an IT review are ongoing, and we look forward to their findings later this year. In addition, leadership transitions in my office have created an opportunity to rethink our capacity in key areas to support the success of faculty, graduate students, postdocs and research, teaching, and outreach professionals, especially through the advancement of our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. With the support of new investments from the Provost, I am pleased to announce searches for three key leadership positions in the college, which have been elevated to a level (12-month appointments) and rank that reflects their centrality to our mission:
Associate Dean for Graduate Student, Postdoctoral, and Faculty Development (Please send applications to Lisa Berube at email@example.com.) – Applications sought by July 1, 2021
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Please send applications to Lisa Berube at firstname.lastname@example.org) – Applications sought by July 1, 2021
Director of Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Success and Diversity (Please apply through PageUp) – Applications sought by July 1, 2021
I would greatly appreciate your help in sharing these opportunities with your networks, and I welcome your nominations, including self-nominations, which should be sent directly to me.
Finally, I sincerely thank Maureen Perry-Jenkins, who served as Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Student, Postdoctoral, and Faculty Development for the past year and has now returned to the faculty in Psychological and Brain Sciences (PBS). In addition, I also sincerely thank Nilanjana “Buju” Dasgupta, who has served as Director of Faculty Equity and Inclusion since 2014, and Jennifer McDermott, who has served as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies since 2018; both Buju and Jen are completing their current appointments at the end of August. Together, Maureen, Buju, and Jen, in their inaugural service in these roles, have developed and professionalized support for all members of our community to thrive. I am grateful to each of them for establishing such a strong foundation from which we can aspire to new heights through our continuing efforts and newly expanded positions.