candidates are scheduled for interviews over the next two weeks
for the position of dean of The University of Southern Mississippi
College of Education and Psychology.
Dr. Rik Carl
D'Amato and Dr. Willie Lee Pierce have been chosen by a university
search committee as candidates for the position.
two candidates have advanced through a rigorous search and screening
process," said Dr. Elliot Pood, dean of the Southern Miss College
of Arts and Letters and chair of the search committee. "The
search committee spent two months soliciting applications and reviewing
credentials, and conducted phone interviews with five outstanding,
nationally recognized scholar-administrators and Drs. D'Amato and
Pierce emerged as the leading candidates from this process. Both
present outstanding credentials and experience for this position."
who is currently serving as interim dean of the Southern Miss College
of Education and Psychology, is a professor of educational leadership
and research and is director of the Southern Miss Center for Adult
Learning and Education. He will interview Feb. 4-5.
his bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Delta State
University and his doctorate in education from North Carolina State
University in 1975. He is a member of the American Association for
Adult & Continuing Education, an executive committee member
and membership chair for the Commission of Professors, and served
as the past board president of the Hattiesburg Education Literacy
will interview Feb. 11-13. He is currently the assistant dean and
director of the Center for Collaborative Research in Education and
Undergraduate and Graduate External Degree Programs and Outreach
for the College of Education at the University of Northern Colorado.
He received his bachelor's degree in education from the University
of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his master's degree from the University
of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1987, D'Amato earned his doctorate from
Ball State University.
interview process, the search committee will make their recommendation
for the position to the Southern Miss provosts who, with the input
of the search committee and Southern Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames,
will make a final selection.