Faculty Achievements

Faculty Achievements 2010-2011
A Note from the Dean of Faculty

In 2010-11 Pitzer successfully completed the final phase of its multi-year reaccreditation effort, the Educational Effectiveness Review, by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is reaccredited for the next eight years. This successful outcome was a collective effort by a vibrant community of students, staff and faculty.

This academic year, we welcome four outstanding new faculty members: Melissa Hidalgo, assistant professor of English and world literature, Ruti Talmor, assistant professor of media studies, Bryan Thines, assistant professor of biology, and Branwen Williams, assistant professor of environmental analysis. We will be conducting searches for tenure track faculty members in political studies, psychology, sociology, Chicano/a Latino/a transnational studies, environmental analysis, Keck Science-biology, Keck Science-chemistry, and Keck Science-environmental analysis, as well as reinitiating the search for the founding faculty director for the Institute for Global-Local Action and Study (I-GLAS).

2011-12 marks my eleventh and final year as Dean of Faculty. During my time as Dean, 47 tenure-track faculty, including W.M. Keck Science faculty members, have joined the College. In the upcoming academic year we will be recruiting for nine more tenure track faculty members, three of whom will be in the Keck Science Department. For the first time in the Claremont Colleges' history, the Intercollegiate Ethnic Studies Departments have begun making full time tenure track appointments tailored to their specific academic needs. It has been a remarkable period of programmatic growth at Pitzer. We have added the Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology, the Marquet/Ferre Vaccine Research Center, and the Lenzer Family Gallery and will soon begin work on a conservancy center in support of our new environmental analysis program. We have also established the Institute for Global Local Action and Study, which will extend and create new strategic synergies in the extraordinary work already being done by our Office of Study Abroad and International Programs and the College's Community Engagement Center. The amazing dynamism of Pitzer faculty, staff and students is reflected in the fact that, for eight straight years, Pitzer students have received more Fulbright Fellowships per 1000 than any other college or university in the country.

I would also like to acknowledge the tremendous academic productivity of my colleagues on the Pitzer faculty. It has been my pleasure to see each of our faculty members grow in their roles as teachers-scholars. Finally, I would like to thank the Pitzer faculty, the staff in the Dean of Faculty's Office and President Trombley for their patience and unstinting support during my years as Dean. I firmly believe that the tangible product of your collective efforts, as we move toward Pitzer's 50th anniversary, has positioned this institution to do the global, intercultural and interdisciplinary work better than any liberal arts college in the country.

My best to all for the coming academic year.

Alan Jones
Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs

My best to all for the coming academic year.

Alan Jones
Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs