Four Dietrich School dean finalists meeting with Pitt community

The Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, Pitt’s largest school, is hosting four visits this month from candidates to replace outgoing Dean Kathleen Blee.

Adam Leibovich, associate dean for research and faculty development in the Dietrich School, presented his vision talk and Q&A on March 15, followed by meetings with Dietrich School and College of General Studies faculty, staff and students.

The three other candidates, whose names will be released shortly before they are on campus, are slated to make presentations at 10:30 a.m. on March 20, 27 and 29 in the Africana Studies Classroom, 4165 Posvar Hall. 

The University Times will have details about all the presentations in its March 31 edition.

Blee announced last summer that she planned to step down this year and return to the faculty. Prior to becoming dean in 2017, Blee was associate dean for graduate studies. She came to Pitt as a full professor of sociology in 1996 and head of the Women’s Studies program. She also served as a faculty member and senior administrator at the University of Kentucky for more than 15 years.

A search committee was formed in November and held open forums with faculty, staff and students. The search committee is chaired by Joseph McCarthy, vice provost for undergraduate studies, and includes professors, students and staff from the Dietrich School. The committee’s goal is to have a new dean in place by this summer.

Susan Jones


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