Mark Turner, Case Western Reserve University's dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will resign his deanship effective July 1 to pursue his research and teaching interests in cognitive science—an academic discipline he established at Case by building a new department after joining the university on March 1, 2004.
"It has been a great honor to serve Case Western Reserve University. I look forward to dedicating my energies to the development of cognitive science as a transdisciplinary field at Case and in University Circle," said Dean Turner.
During his 27 months as dean, Turner, who will remain at Case as a tenured Institute Professor, moved the university forward by implementing SAGES (the Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship) from a pilot program of 150 new students each year to the educational curriculum for all undergraduates.
He also gave the SAGES program greater visibility on campus with the opening last fall of the new SAGES headquarters on the quad level of Crawford Hall. The new home of SAGES uniquely combines educational resources and administrative offices with a gathering place—the SAGES Café where social and intellectual conversations among students and faculty take place on a daily basis.
During Turner's deanship, he began building a diverse faculty for the College of Arts and Sciences by using videoconferencing technology to link the college with potential faculty members around the world. Thirty-three faculty members were hired into the tenure track, 19 of them women. Turner has brought to Case eminent scholars such as Charles Burroughs, chair of the department of art history; Per Aage Brandt, chair of the department of modern languages and literatures; and Merlin Donald, chair of cognitive sciences.
Provost Anderson will call a special meeting of the College of Arts and Science executive committee faculty to discuss their recommendations for the search team and potential interim candidates. "Faculty input will be very important to this process. We will also solicit input from alumni, staff and our community. We appreciate the service and contributions Dean Turner has made to this University" said Provost Anderson.
Mark Turner joined Case after serving as the associate director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, located at Stanford University. He was on leave from his position as a distinguished university professor at the University of Maryland, where he served in the department of English language and literature and the doctoral program in neuroscience and cognitive science.
During his career, he has been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and the Institute for Advanced Study (School of Social Sciences) at Princeton, in addition to having been elected a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences twice. He is a laureate of the Académie française.
His newly edited volume, The Artful Mind: Cognitive Science and the Riddle of Human Creativity, will be published by Oxford University Press in October, 2006.
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