Sept. 8, 1999
|Four New Deans Welcomed
by Carol Olechowski
With the start of the
1999-2000 academic year, the University at Albany welcomed new deans to
the schools of Business and Criminal Justice, as well as to Undergraduate
Studies. A new dean will also join the School of Social Welfare early next
| Veteran criminologist Dennis P. Rosenbaum,
noted for his research on community crime prevention, became dean of the
School of Criminal Justice Aug. 1.For the last 13 years, Rosenbaum was
a faculty member and administrator at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
In addition to teaching, he directed the university's Center for Research
in Law & Justice from 1989 to 1994; most recently, he headed the criminal
justice department there and held a joint appointment in psychology. He
also co-directed the Institute for Public Safety Partnerships at the University
of Illinois for the past two years. As a researcher, Rosenbaum attracted
a $2 million, two-year grant from the Office of Community Oriented Policing
Services to support the institute.
Rosenbaum earned his bachelor's degree in psychology at Claremont McKenna College in California; an M.A. in social psychology at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, in 1976; and his Ph.D. in the same field in 1980 at Loyola University. In addition to teaching at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he has taught at Loyola and at Northwestern University.
Rosenbaum has written, collaborated on, or edited eight books; his latest work, The Hidden War: The Battle to Control Crime in Chicago's Public Housing, will be published in 2000 by Rutgers University Press.
Rosenbaum succeeded David Bayley as dean of the School of Criminal Justice. Bayley, who headed the School for four years, has returned to the faculty as a teacher-scholar; with the assistance of an external grant, he will begin a major research project on international criminal justice.
| Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs
and Policy faculty member Sue R. Faerman became the new dean of Undergraduate
Studies Sept. 1.
During her years at Albany, Faerman has played an integral role in furthering its mission of teaching, research, and community outreach. She is a past or current member of the Council of Women's Groups, the National Coalition Building Institute, the Rockefeller College Faculty Council, the Student Health Advisory Committee, the SUNY-Wide Information Literacy Initiative Committee, the University Budget Panel, the University Senate, and the Women's Concerns Committee of the University Commission on Affirmative Action. Most recently, Faerman chaired the Steering Committee for Self-Study for the Accreditation by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. At the national level, she is involved with the Academy of Management's Public and Nonprofit Division; she is also book review editor for the Journal of Public Affairs Education. In 1998, Faerman was a winner of the Evan R. Collins Award. Her other honors include a 1987 Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award; a Disabled Student Services Program certificate of merit, presented in 1990; the Bread and Roses Award, which Faerman received in 1992; and a 1997 Award for Excellence in Academic Service.
Faerman earned a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics and statistics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her M.S. in applied mathematics from George Washington University. While completing her doctoral studies in public administration at the University, she directed the Institute for Government and Policy Studies' Center for Organization and Policy Studies at Rockefeller College. She was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy in 1987. Faerman is also a member of the University's Organizational Studies doctoral program faculty and an affiliate member of the Information Sciences doctoral program.
Former Dean of Undergraduate Studies John Pipkin, Faerman's predecessor, has returned to the Department of Geography and Planning faculty.
| In January, Katharine H. Briar-Lawson will join
Albany as dean of the School of Social Welfare. As associate dean for Research
and Doctoral Studies at the University of Utah's Graduate School of Social
Work since July 1998, Briar-Lawson has led the development of a mission
statement and new goals for the school's Social Research Institute, as
well as the submission of a National Institute for Mental Health proposal
for the Social Work Research Center. She has also supervised Social Research
Institute awards totaling more than $4 million. Previously, Briar-Lawson
served as director of the doctoral program and professor at Utah's Graduate
School of Social Work.
Briar-Lawson served five years as assistant professor of social work at Pacific Lutheran University; nine years at the University of Washington's School of Social Work; and another three at the Department of Social and Health Services in Olympia, Washington. While a professor of social work at Florida International University in Miami, she founded and directed the Institute for Children and Families at Risk and served as director of the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services' Professional Development Center. Subsequently, as a visiting professor at Miami University of Ohio, Briar-Lawson was instrumental in creating a Department of Family Studies and Social Work. She later joined the Miami University faculty, concurrently chairing the new department.
Briar-Lawson has contributed a great deal to the social work field by writing or co-writing a number of books, book chapters, monographs, conference proceedings, and papers. Among her books are Expanding Partnerships for Vulnerable Children, Youth and Families (1996, Council on Social Work Education), and Social Work and the Unemployed (1988, National Association of Social Workers), which is currently being revised. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers Book Committee; she also serves as associate editor for New Global Development: Journal of International and Comparative Social Welfare, and as consulting editor for Social Work in Education.
After attending Oberlin College in Ohio, Briar-Lawson earned her B.A. in sociology at Connecticut College for Women. She received an M.S.W. from the Columbia University School of Social Work, then went on to complete her doctoral studies at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Social Welfare.
Lynn Videka-Sherman, dean of the School of Social Welfare for the past ten years, will step down next January when Briar-Lawson arrives. Videka-Sherman will remain at the School as a faculty member and director of the Center for Human Services Research.
President Hitchcock thanked Videka-Sherman, Pipkin, Bayley, and Bourque for their “many wonderful contributions to the University and its programs.” She then cited the new appointees' “outstanding record of accomplishment” and added: “The University at Albany is very fortunate to gain their talent, energy, and new perspectives. I am delighted to welcome them to a leadership team dedicated to enhancing the University's academic quality and to building a distinctive learning environment for our students.”
University Welcomes Class of 2003
by Carol Olechowski
The last full academic year of the millennium
got underway at the University this week, when classes began for nearly
17,000 students for the start of the Fall 1999 semester.
Leaves Questions, But Offers New Research Initiative
by Vinny Reda
While special legislative initiatives in this
year's state budget offer several significant enhancements to programs
at the University at Albany for 1999-2000, final details of the allocations
for SUNY campuses will remain somewhat uncertain until the SUNY Trustees
release the coming year's financial plan. They are scheduled to do so at
their Sept. 22 meeting in Albany.