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    AUGUST 12, 2005
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Philip Alperson, professor and chair of philosophy,
appointed acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts

Provost Ira M. Schwartz has announced that Philip Alperson, professor and chair of philosophy, has been appointed as the acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts effective Monday, August 15.   He steps into the role vacated by Susan Herbst, who has been named the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at SUNY-Albany.  

Alperson's scholarly work is in aesthetics, the philosophy of the arts, theory of culture, value theory, and theories of interpretation and criticism, with special interests in the philosophy of music and philosophical questions concerning creativity, performance and improvisation. He is a recognized scholar who has authored many journal articles. In addition, he has served as the editor of several books and journals, including The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.   Alperson is currently the general editor of Blackwell Publishers' Foundations of the Philosophy of the Arts series and serves on the editorial board of the Temple University Press.  

President David Adamany said, "We are grateful to Phil Alperson for stepping forward in this critical year to provide leadership for the College of Liberal Arts. In the year ahead, the college will be developing courses to define its role in the new general education curriculum and expanding honors programs for outstanding students in the departmental majors."  

Provost Schwartz said that "Phil is a natural choice to lead the college. He has played a leadership role within the college, not only as the chair of philosophy, but also as the founding director of both the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society and of Temple's Society of Fellows in the Humanities.   He has also spearheaded the department's recent hiring of nationally prominent scholars."  

Alperson, who received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Toronto, was a professor at the University of Louisville and a visiting research professor at Rutgers University's Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture prior to coming to Temple in 1999.     He was named one of Philadelphia's "76 Revolutionary Minds" by Philadelphia Magazine in 2001.

A search committee will be formed and a national search for a permanent dean will commence in the fall.