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Search committee names candidates for dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

February 4, 2010

One faculty dean and three university department administrators have been named as candidates for the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana State University.

Throughout the month of February, each of the four candidates will participate in interviews and group sessions at ISU with the chair and faculty councils.

The candidates include:

Polly Radosh, dean of the faculty at SUNY-Geneseo, who will visit campus Feb. 11 and 12.

Radosh earned her Ph.D. in sociology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Before moving into the dean's position at SUNY-Geneseo, she taught for 24 years at Western Illinois University and served three years as chairwoman of the Department of Women's Studies. More details about Radosh can be found at:

Mike Chambers, chairman of the Department of Political Science at Indiana State University, who will interview for dean's position on Feb. 15 and 16.

Chambers earned his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University with a specialization in international relations, Chinese foreign policy, international politics of east Asia and comparative politics. He has taught at ISU since 2000 and became chairman of his department in 2007. Additionally, Chambers worked from July 2007 to July 2008 as interim executive director of the ISU International Affairs Center. More details about Chambers can be found at:

Susan Maher, chairwoman of the Department of English at University of Nebraska-Omaha, who will visit the ISU campus Feb. 18 and 19.

Maher earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught at the University of Nebraska-Omaha for 20 years and has served as the chairwoman of her department since 2005. She has also served as director of the Women's Studies Program at University of Nebraska-Omaha. More details about Maher can be found at:

John Murray, chairman of the Department of Psychology at Georgia Southern University, who will visit the ISU campus Feb. 22 and 23.

Murray earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California-Santa Barbara. He has taught at Georgia Southern University for 17 years and has served as the chairman of his department, administrative supervisor of the Regents Center for Learning Disorders, and administrative supervisor of the Georgia Southern Psychology Clinic since 2005. More details about Murray can be found at:

Thomas Sauer, current dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, announced early in the academic year his plans to retire in June.

A 15-member search committee comprised of faculty, staff, students, administrators, and a member of the Terre Haute community has been working on the search since October.

Search committee chairman Jay Gatrell said the committee narrowed the pool of nearly 60 candidates to the four who have been extended an invitation to visit campus. The committee has conducted preliminary telephone interviews with a number of the candidate pool, Gatrell said.

"The campus visit serves as the capstone for this process and is an opportunity for the entire college-its faculty, staff, and most importantly students-to share in the selection process," Gatrell said.

Additional information about the candidates' campus visits can be found at:

Contact: Jay Gatrell, dean of College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Indiana State University at 812-237-3087 or

Writer: Rachel Wedding McClelland, assistant director of media relations, Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University at 812-237-3790 or