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Jill Grigsby and Nicole Weekes Become Associate Deans

Jill Grigsby, Richard Steele Professor of Social Sciences and a professor of sociology

Jill Grigsby, Richard Steele Professor of Social Sciences and a professor of sociology

Nicole Weekes, professor of neuroscience

Nicole Weekes, professor of neuroscience

Professors Jill Grigsby and Nicole Weekes have joined the Dean’s Office as Associate Deans of the College. On July 1, they took over from Katherine Hagedorn, who completed her term in June. Her position was restructured so that the new associate deans will continue to teach two courses annually and keep their faculty offices, enabling them to more easily maintain their ties with fellow faculty and keeping them available to students.

Grigsby, who is the Richard Steele Professor of Social Sciences and a professor of sociology, will be responsible for curriculum initiatives, overseeing departmental and institutional self-studies, working with the Teaching & Learning and Curriculum Committees, and supporting the Dean in her role as WASC accreditation liaison officer. A member of the faculty since 1983, she has served as department chair, been active in the Environmental Analysis and Public Policy Analysis programs as well as ID1, and served on the Curriculum, Teaching & Learning, and Faculty Personnel Committees, among others. She has also played a significant role in expanding Pomona’s community connections, founding the Claremont Colleges’ senior course auditing program and teaching in the Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) Program.

Weekes, a professor of neuroscience, will have responsibility for faculty development and diversity, overseeing the College’s efforts to recruit and retain a diverse faculty. Her portfolio will include faculty searches, postdoctoral fellowships, the new faculty orientation and mentoring programs, and the Diversity and Faculty Personnel Committees. Weekes, who joined the faculty in 1998, was instrumental in the evolution of the neuroscience program to a department, which she chaired last year, and has contributed to numerous task forces and committees. A dynamic teacher, she has won the College’s Wig Distinguished Professor award three times and was included in the 2012 Princeton Review book The Best 300 Professors.

Grigsby and Weekes join Associate Dean Jonathan Wright, who has responsibility for assisting faculty with research and scholarly development. He is also the faculty liaison for academic space allocations on campus and building projects in the sciences; oversees regulatory issues associated with human subjects, chemical hygiene and biosafety, and radiation safety; and is a member of the Board of Trustees’ Facilities and Environment Committee, the Institutional Review Board, and the Animal Welfare and Use Committee. Wright, who is also the William Atwood Hilton Professor of Zoology and a professor of biology, began his three-year term in 2011.

Kris Fossum ‘76, formerly the assistant dean of the College, has a new title, associate dean for academic affairs. Fossum is responsible for managing the faculty reappointment, tenure and promotion review process, overseeing the recruitment of visiting faculty, and administering the Wig Distinguished Professorship awards as well as funds for curriculum development, teaching innovation, and other teaching-related activities. Her portfolio includes the Faculty Personnel, Sustainability, and Emeriti Committees. She also recently began serving as a liaison for Pomona’s international initiatives. Fossum, who has a doctorate from Princeton, has been on the College’s staff since 1998.

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