The following is the text of an email sent on July 19, 2022.
Dear SPH-B Faculty, Staff, and Postdoctoral Fellows:
As you know, the School of Public Health-Bloomington is experiencing tremendous growth. For many of us, myself included, this is a truly invigorating period. Not only are we welcoming extraordinary new faculty and staff at an astounding rate; we are witnessing tremendous progression in our infrastructure. I am pleased to announce that several esteemed SPH-B faculty members recently assumed—or will soon begin—interim leadership roles. Please join me in celebrating the following appointments.
Dr. Michael Willett: On July 15, Dr. Willett began serving as Interim Executive Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Enrollment, reporting to me. His responsibilities include ensuring compliance with current SPH-B policies and practices, review of department processes and practices regarding undergraduate student experience; working with departments to monitor credit hour production, and partnering with Assistant Dean for Finance & Campus Strategist Henry Gabriel to consider funding strategies for promoting student enrollment.
Dr. Dong-Chul Seo: On July 15, Dr. Seo began serving as Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, reporting to me. In addition to managing current faculty issues, he oversees all activities related to the Tenure & Promotion process.
Dr. Hsien-Chang Lin: On July 15, Dr. Lin began his role as Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment, reporting to me. His responsibilities include identifying and contacting faculty candidates; developing recruitment initiatives; and collaborating with search committees, external search firms, and SPH-B faculty and staff on recruitment strategies.
Dr. Jon Macy: Effective August 1, Dr. Macy will serve as Interim Assistant Dean for Graduate Education, reporting to Dr. Michael Willett. In this role, he will ensure compliance with SPH-B policies and practices related to graduate education; collaborate with departments to supervise SAA allocations; and promote graduate-specific efforts for enhancing diversity in graduate programs, coordinating with other diversity programs/initiatives both in the school and at the university.
Dr. Antonio Williams: On August 1, Dr. Williams will begin his role as Interim Assistant Dean for Doctoral Research and Education Growth and Elevation, reporting to Dr. Michael Willett. His responsibilities will include developing a comprehensive plan to promote doctoral education and research, particularly for groups that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM. He will also investigate new funding channels for doctoral education and research; and promote research, doctoral, and engagement activities that foster collaboration among units and departments.
With the 2022–23 school year just weeks away, the energy in our school is palpable. I feel it in our words, I hear it in our voices, and I see it in the work we do. I couldn't feel better about what lies ahead. Please join me in celebrating these outstanding new leaders and looking to the future with well-deserved confidence.
David B. Allison, Ph.D.
Dean, Distinguished Professor, Provost Professor