UC Merced, the 10th and newest campus of the University of California system, is moving forward its mission to provide academic excellence and opportunity with the appointment of five educators as founding faculty. These new faculty join eight academics previously announced, for a current total of 13 leading scholars at the first major research university to be built in the 21st century.
"The scholarly accomplishments and commitment to teaching which these faculty members bring to UC Merced are exceptional," said Chancellor Carol Tomlinson-Keasey. "Faculty of this caliber guarantee that the university will develop a foundation for scholarship of the highest quality."
In alphabetical order, UC Merced's subsequent new founding faculty are:
These appointments represent the initial round of 60 faculty to be named prior to the opening of the campus in the fall semester of 2005.
With responsibilities that extend beyond teaching and research, the founding faculty members also are charged with helping the university's deans recruit the initial complement of faculty and create interdisciplinary research teams, academic programs and curricula. Undergraduate degree programs to be available at the outset include: computer science and engineering, environmental engineering, biological sciences, earth systems sciences, world cultures and history, and social and behavioral sciences. Masters and doctoral degrees will be offered in computer and information systems, environmental systems, systems biology, world cultures, and social and behavioral sciences.
The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts is headed by Dean Kenji Hakuta, who was previously the Vida Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University.
Dean Jeff Wright, who heads the School of Engineering, came to UC Merced from Purdue University where he served as Associate Dean of Engineering.
Dean of Natural Sciences Maria Pallavicini was previously a professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.