December 19, 2019
The feedback you provided earlier in fall semester has been helpful to the committee and the search firm in writing the position description and marketing materials, and in answering inquiries by interested candidates. Thank you for providing that feedback—and for submitting nominations of candidates through the search website. Please continue to offer up feedback and nominations as you see fit; continue to share this opportunity with leaders in your network, who you think would make excellent candidates for this position.
The search committee has met a few times and is in the process of gathering application materials from interested candidates; recruitment of candidates by our search firm, Greenwood/Asher and Associates, continues, as well. The search committee is prepared to review candidates’ materials and conduct confidential first-round interviews when we return from the break in the new year.
We plan to invite finalists to campus for interviews and opportunities to meet CLAS faculty and staff in February. Our tentative schedule is that candidates would come to campus sometime during the weeks of February 17 and 24—but those dates could change. Candidates will meet with various committees and groups within CLAS, and there will be open sessions for any CLAS faculty and staff to attend. We will widely publicize the details of those events as soon as we know them, via email and the search website, and we encourage your engagement in those events so that you can provide the search committee with feedback about the candidates you meet.
We are still on track with the goal of providing feedback to the Provost such that she can announce an appointed candidate by the end of winter semester. For more information about the search process and timeline, as well as a full listing of search committee members, please visit the CLAS Dean Search website.
All CLAS faculty and staff are invited to participate in two open meetings with our Greenwood/Asher consultant, Marion Frenche, scheduled on the Allendale campus:
Tuesday, October 15
10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
2263 Kirkhof Center
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
2204 Kirkhof Center
To frame the conversations, the consultant shared two questions to help participants brainstorm and prepare for the discussion:
- What personal qualities, skills and abilities will be important for the Dean to have to be successful at Grand Valley?
- What are the key challenges and opportunities that will face the next Dean?