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College appoints associate dean for social sciences

Dan Smith

​Dan Smith is associate dean for the social sciences.

Dan Smith, associate professor of public policy and administration, has been named associate dean for the social sciences in the University of Delaware’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).

“Dan will be a tremendous asset to our leadership team and to our College, and I am grateful for his willingness to serve in this important role,” CAS Dean John A. Pelesko said in announcing the appointment, which was effective July 1.

Smith served as acting associate dean for the social sciences in 2019-20 while David C. Wilson was on sabbatical from that position. Wilson has now been appointed dean of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California Berkeley, beginning July 1.

“I am very excited to join the CAS leadership team,” Smith said. “The social sciences at UD exemplify excellence in scholarship and teaching, and I look forward to working with the portfolio’s departments to break new ground in ensuring student success, especially in the areas of inclusion, experiential learning and professional development.”

Smith is a faculty member in the Joseph R. Biden Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration, where he served as director of the Master of Public Administration program since 2016. His administrative experience also includes serving as the associate director of the Biden School in 2018-19 and president of the CAS Faculty Senate. He currently serves on the University Faculty Senate’s budget committee.

Smith earned his doctorate in public administration at the University of Georgia. Before joining UD in 2016, he was an associate professor and director of the Finance Specialization at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. His research focuses on the effects of state fiscal institutions, especially balanced budget requirements, and the implications of how states accumulate and use fund balances in state rainy day funds, unemployment trusts and pension funds.

Pelesko thanked the members of the search committee, led by Murray Johnston, associate dean for the natural sciences, for their work, noting that “a number of excellent candidates” had applied for the associate dean position.

In other CAS leadership announcements, several department chairs or directors were appointed or reappointed to new terms, all effective Sept. 1. They are:

  • Huantian Cao, professor of fashion and apparel studies, appointed chair of the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies;
  • David Satran, assistant professor of English, reappointed director of the Associate in Arts Program for a second term;
  • David Redlawsk, the James R. Soles Professor of Political Science, reappointed chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations for a second term; and
  • Patricia Sloane-White, professor of anthropology, reappointed chair of the Department of Women and Gender Studies for a second term.

Article by College of Arts and Sciences communications staff

Published July 7, 2021

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