Faculty Achievements

Faculty Achievements 2008-2009
A Note from the Dean of Faculty

In 2009-10, we will complete the College's academic strategic plan, initiated last year under the leadership of an ad hoc committee of faculty members dedicated to making it a community-wide effort. We also enter the next phase of the College's WASC review, drawing upon the expertise of our faculty to showcase the varied and innovative means by which they carry out the College's mission.

Please join me in welcoming five remarkable new individuals to our faculty: Ahmed Alwishah, professor of philosophy, Fuchun Jin, professor of economics, Azamat Junisbai, professor of sociology, Harmony O'Rourke, professor of history, and KaMala Thomas, professor of psychology.

In 2008-09, Pitzer students once again enjoyed tremendous success in winning post-graduate fellowships, including 14 Fulbright Fellowships, one Watson Fellowship, two McNair Fellowships and one Princeton in Asia Fellowship, as well as the College's first Goldwater Fellowship (awarded to college students intending to pursue careers in science, mathematics and engineering). These and the many other successes of Pitzer students simply could not happen without the support of our accomplished faculty.

In the summer of 2009, US News and World Report recognized the Pitzer College faculty for its strong commitment to teaching in its annual America's Best College edition. Pitzer is ranked 17th in this category among 266 liberal arts colleges in the United States. For the third consecutive year, Pitzer College is included among the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the United States. The Pitzer College Study Abroad Program was also recognized by US News and World Report as an outstanding academic program. Pitzer is the only West Coast institution in this category.

We begin this year with three academic leadership transitions. Leah Light, professor of psychology, was appointed associate dean for research; Kerry Walk, our new associate dean for academic administration, will be responsible for spearheading the WASC review; Michael Ballagh, former assistant dean of faculty, will lead Pitzer's international and study abroad programs as the assistant vice president for international programs.

My best to all for the 2009-10 academic year,

Alan Jones
Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs