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Interviews, Forums set for College of Education and Psychology Dean Finalists PDF Print E-mail
Friday, January 23, 2009
Contact David Tisdale - 601.266.4499   

Four finalists vying for the post of dean of the University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology will interview at the university’s Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campuses Jan. 26 – Feb. 5.

Each candidate will have two days of interviews and meetings with students, faculty and staff and administrators, including presentations at open campus forums on the second day, when interested community members can meet them and ask questions.

The first day of meetings will be at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, followed by a visit to the Student Center in Gulfport to meet with campus administrators. Candidates will then arrive in Hattiesburg mid-afternoon to interview with various groups on the Hattiesburg campus.

The second day will begin on the Hattiesburg campus around 9 a.m. and will include a presentation and open meeting from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., and conclude with meetings in the afternoon between the candidate and Hattiesburg campus administrators.

Nancy Kaul, collection development officer for University Libraries, is chair of the university search committee for the position.

Dean candidates and dates for their interviews are as follows:
• Jan. 26 – 27: Dr. Mitchell Berman, Southern Miss professor of psychology and former associate dean of the Southern Miss College of Education and Psychology.

• Jan. 28 – 29: Dr. W. Lee Pierce, former dean of the Southern Miss College of Education and Psychology; currently professor of adult and higher education and director of the Southern Miss Center for Research and Learning in Education.

• Feb. 2-3: Dr. James (Jimmy) Duplass, professor of education at the University of South Florida; former dean and executive officer, USF-Fort Myers.

• Feb. 4-5: Dr. Donna Desforges, professor of psychology and former chair of the Department of Psychology and Philosophy, Sam Houston State University.

For more information, contact the Southern Miss College of Education and Psychology at 601.266.4568.

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