- A diverse cross section of faculty, staff, students and
community members has been tapped by The University of Southern
Mississippi to select a dean for the College of Science and
of Science and Technology is one of the new colleges created
by the recent academic restructuring at Southern Miss, which
will streamline nine existing degree-granting colleges into
five. The realignment will begin with the fiscal year that
starts next July 1.
search committee for the dean of the College of Science and
Technology is loaded with talented, accomplished and dedicated
faculty, staff, students and stakeholders," said Dr.
Tim Hudson, Gulf Coast provost. "We appreciate their
willingness to commit time and effort to this important process."
said that once the committees have reviewed applications,
a small number of candidates will be invited to Southern Miss
in the late spring for interviews and to meet with all interested
faculty, staff, students and supporters. The search committee,
one of five overall, was formed with volunteers and through
nominations by staff and faculty, including chairs and directors.
are excited about the strength and perspective that all members
bring to their committee," said Dr. Jay Grimes, Hattiesburg
as co-chairs of the search committee will be Dr. Vernon Asper,
professor in the Department of Marine Science and currently
the dean of the College of Marine Sciences, and Dr. Gordon
Cannon, a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Southern
said he was pleased with the variety of expertise and opinion
present on the committee. "I think all of the components
of the college are well represented here," Cannon said.
said that under the co-chairs' leadership, "the committee
will be able to bring to the community a slate of highly qualified
candidates ready to continue to move Southern Miss to the
of the committee, according to member Maria Cobb, an associate
professor of computer science, is its wealth of experience.
Having been at Southern Miss for six years, Cobb is "one
of the youngest as far as experience on the committee,"
think there is certainly a cross section of faculty members
with a wide variety of experience," said Cobb, also the
assistant chair of the Department of Computer Science and
Statistics. "Some have 10 and 20 years of experience,
so that aspect is well represented. And as far as teaching
and research, that is well represented, too."
College of Science and Technology will consist of biological
sciences; chemistry and biochemistry; computer science and
mathematics education; engineering technology; polymers and
high performance materials; physics and astronomy; coastal
sciences and geology, which are currently in the College of
Science and Technology; criminal justice, which is currently
in the College of Liberal Arts; marine science, now in the
College of Marine Sciences; and geography, currently in the
College of International and Continuing Education.
committee represents a wide range of strengths, interests
and backgrounds. Members include:
Vernon Asper, professor in the Department of Marine Science
and current dean of the College of Marine Sciences. Since
arriving at Southern Miss in 1986, Asper has pursued a variety
of research interests in numerous parts of the world, including
all of the world's oceans, the Black Sea and Lake Baikal in
Siberia. He is currently participating in his 11th trip to
Gordon Cannon, chemistry professor at Southern Miss. Before
arriving at the University in 1987, Cannon was a Research
Fellow at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology. He has
served as the coordinator of the Center for Molecular and
Cellular Biosciences since 1997 and in 1999 he was named Thomas
Waring Bennett Distinguished Professor in the Sciences.
Maria Cobb, associate professor and assistant chair of the
Department of Computer Science and Statistics at Southern
Miss. She has held grants from the Naval Research Laboratory,
the National Imagery and Mapping Agency and the National Technology
Alliance totaling about $850,000.
Clifton Dixon, chair of the Department of Geography at Southern
Miss. For the past 26 years, Dixon has worked extensively
in Central America researching environmental impacts of traditional
peoples and land use practices affected by national changes.
Desmond Fletcher, associate professor in the School of Engineering
Technology. Fletcher is serving as coordinator of both the
Construction Engineering Technology and Architectural Engineering
Elizabeth R. Francis, a member of the Southern Miss Honors
College. Francis, also a Rhodes Scholar nominee, is pursuing
a degree in biological sciences, accompanied with a minor
Greg Gemeinhardt, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the
School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.
Jay Grimes, provost and professor of coastal sciences at Southern
Andre Heath, site coordinator for the Alliance for Graduate
Education in Mississippi (AGEM) at Southern Miss, where he
consults with current and prospective graduate students concerning
Charles L. McCormick, III, a professor of polymer science.
In the spring semester of 1992, McCormick served as visiting
professor at Cambridge University.
Frank Moore, professor of biological sciences and chair of
the Department of Biological Sciences at Southern Miss. Moore
is a fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union, associate
editor of the journal of the North American Ornithologists'
Union and a member of the editorial board for the Southeastern
Sarah Morgan, assistant professor of polymer science at Southern
Miss. Before arriving in November 2002, Morgan spent 14 years
in industrial research and development.
Pam Posey, assistant to the dean of science and technology.
Employed at Southern Miss since 1979, Posey received a bachelor's
degree there in 1993. She serves as president of the university
Peter Ranelli, interim director of the Center of Higher Learning
at Stennis Space Center. Ranelli, a retired U.S. Navy captain,
specialized in meteorology and oceanography while in the service.
William Taylor, professor of criminal justice.
William Walker, executive director of the Mississippi Department
of Marine Resources.
Joe B. Whitehead, associate professor and chair of the Department
of Physics and Astronomy at Southern Miss. Whitehead received
his doctorate from Kent State University, where he performed
his doctoral research at the Liquid Crystal Institute.