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May 17, 2011

Leadership changes announced

School of Nursing names associate deans

School of Nursing Dean Kathy Parker has announced the appointment of two associate deans.

Lisa Norsen has been named associate dean for innovation, entrepreneurship, and community outreach, and Daryl Sharp has been appointed associate dean for faculty development and diversity.

Norsen, who most recently had been serving as an interim associate dean, will oversee the expansion of the school’s current business lines and lead the development of new business lines and mutually beneficial educational opportunities and relationships within the community. She will also work to build on the school’s collaboration with the Healthy Living Center within the Medical Center’s Center for Community Health. She will retain administrative responsibilities for the school’s master’s programs, which have grown significantly under her direction.

In her new role, Sharp will support the school’s faculty toward their career goals within the context of the school’s strategic plan while addressing diversity issues, strengthening inclusiveness, and facilitating communication. She will continue to work in close collaboration with the Medical Center through her role on the clinical team of the Healthy Living Center. She is also working with Vivian Lewis, vice provost for faculty development and diversity, on the study “Researcher Resilience through Multidimensional Mentoring—an Upstate New York Initiative,” which will evaluate the impact of mentoring and peer groups on the retention of women and minorities in academic careers.

Due to the shift in Norsen’s and Sharp’s responsibilities, the school’s doctor of nursing practice program, which Sharp previously directed, will be overseen by Pamela Herendeen. Additionally, Patrick Hopkins was named director of care of children and families specialty, and Craig Sellers will serve as associate director for the master’s of science/nurse practitioner program.

Co-deans of library selected

Library deans Katie Clark and Michael Bell have been tapped to serve as interim co-deans of River Campus Libraries. Their terms begin July 1.

The pair will lead the libraries during the national search for a successor to Susan Gibbons, vice provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of River Campus Libraries, who is leaving to lead the Yale University library system.

“Katie Clark brings to the position a thorough knowledge of library management and the deep admiration of her colleagues; Michael Bell brings a wealth of technical know-how, command of finances, and creative energy,” says University Provost Ralph Kuncl. “Together they form an outstanding team, and in fact for some time they have already demonstrated that they are an effective team in day-to-day operations.”

Kuncl has designated Joanna Olmsted, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, to chair the search committee. She will be supported by Kim Weems, assistant to CIO David Lewis. Other members of the committee will be named shortly and will include key constituencies.

Clark, a professional librarian who worked at Texas A&M, Pennsylvania State, and Houston universities before coming to Rochester in 1999, has been involved in the library’s leadership for the past decade. She was originally hired as the director of the Science and Engineering Libraries and since 2008 has served as the associate dean for public services and collection development. Clark has master of library science and master of science degrees from the University of Hawaii.

Michael Bell, as head of information technology at River Campus Libraries—most recently as assistant dean—has spearheaded the development of many of the new online services. He oversaw the Medical Center’s Blackboard website that provides online learning and training for more than 10,000 employees and students, and he supervised the creation of UR Research, the online repository for faculty and graduate student research. Bell also oversaw the eXtensible Catalog, a new tool for simultaneously searching multiple academic databases.

Before joining River Campus Libraries in 2005, Bell served as manager of information systems at the Edward G. Miner Library in the Medical Center for eight years and as computing manager for two. Bell earned both an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from Rochester and is currently completing his master of science degree in library and information science from Drexel University.

Hajim School announces changes

Wayne Knox, director of the Institute of Optics, is stepping down from that role after 10 years to become associate dean of education and new initiatives at the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He will succeed Tom Hsiang, who has decided to return to the faculty.

Knox led the institute through a period of substantial growth, which included the construction of the $37 million Robert B. Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engineering and Optics, the development of the Robert E. Hopkins Center for Optical Design and Engineering, and the addition of the Center for Institute Ventures.

Gary Wicks, who has served as associate director of the Institute of Optics, will become interim director while a search is conducted for a permanent successor.

Hsiang, the current associate dean for education at the Hajim School, guided the school through the recent successful accreditation of all of the ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) undergraduate engineering programs. Hsiang has also been instrumental in implementing the GEAR program, which attracts undergraduates to the University’s engineering program, and expanding “Senior Design Day” beyond the biomedical engineering department to highlight the real-world innovations across the entire Hajim School.

The administrative changes will take effect July 1.

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