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Interim dean selected by the CAS

Interim dean selected by the CAS

Interim dean selected by the CAS
November 13
00:03 2014

Steven James / Staff Writer

Former English department chair David Holdeman was promoted Nov. 1 to interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences after former interim dean Art Goven went back to his old position as biological sciences department chair. The College of Arts and Sciences has not had a permanent dean since current grad school dean Michael Monticino left the position in 2012.

Holdeman said the interim dean collaborates biweekly with the college’s various department chairs to help develop curricula and address problems faculty are having with teaching classes and conducting research.

Holdeman joined the English faculty in 1992 and became department chair in 2006. He was appointed to the position by UNT provost and vice president for academic affairs Warren Burggren.

Holdeman said what he is most looking forward to about his new position is continuing working with his colleagues in the college. He said he is also looking forward to learning about the type of research the college’s faculty members are doing.

“I love talking to my colleagues around the college about the type of work they’re doing,” Holdeman said. “Sometimes, that’s idle conversation, and sometimes, it’s really an interdisciplinary significance.”

He said he will also need to make sure the college’s faculty members have what they need to teach and conduct research, including having proper collections in the library, spaces to conduct research and equipment.

“Since I’ve been a department chair for the last eight years, I’ve spent a lot of time getting to know the other department chairs in the college,” Holdeman said. “I think most people who become professors are led to do that by having a natural curiosity.”

Burggren said he will work with Holdeman in implementing strategic plans for the college, as well as hiring, developing the college’s budget and creating course schedules.

“Dr. Holdeman is very experienced as a department chair, and I am sure that he will do a great job this year as we implement many improvements to the student experience at UNT,” Burggren said. “We are going to continue to run a national search for the best possible leadership we can bring to this vitally important college.”

Goven said there is plenty of work to be done at the college with courses, the budget and planning, but he thinks Holdeman will do a good job in advancing programs and earning more recognition for the college.

“Neither CAS or the provost want a caretaker who will simply keep the trains running on time until a permanent dean is selected,” Goven said. “[Holdeman] has the support of all of his chairs who stand ready to help him implement both CAS and UNT initiatives.”

Featured Image: David Holdeman is the interim dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. Photo courtesy of UNT

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