Carolyn Adams Named Interim Dean of College of Liberal Arts
Professor Carolyn Adams, a former dean of Temple University's College of Liberal Arts, will again lead that college as its interim dean for 2006-07, incoming President Ann Weaver Hart has announced.
"Professor Adams is a strong scholar and administrator who has served Temple superbly in a variety of important roles since joining the University's faculty in 1976," Hart said. "Her experience and expertise form a perfect combination to lead the College of Liberal Arts forward as we search for a permanent dean."
The College of Liberal Arts is the second-largest of Temple's 17 degree-granting schools and colleges, with more than 5,200 students.
"I am honored to take on this assignment," said Adams, who first served as dean from 1993 to 1999. "I am looking forward to working with the College of Liberal Arts faculty and with my colleagues throughout the University to build on our recent gains and achieve further success in the coming year."
Adams, a professor and former chair of geography and urban studies, will become interim dean on September 1, 2006. She will succeed Philip Alperson, professor and chair of philosophy, who has been serving as acting dean since Aug. 15, 2005. Alperson will continue as philosophy chair and will return to his teaching and scholarship.
"I thank Professor Alperson for taking time away from his scholarship to serve as acting dean," Hart said. "He steered the college through an important year as we prepare to introduce Temple's new general education curriculum and expand our honors programs."
Dr. John M. Daly, dean of Temple's School of Medicine, is leading the search committee that is conducing a national search for a Liberal Arts dean. The previous permanent dean, Susan Herbst, resigned to become provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University at Albany, part of the State University of New York system.
Adams, who also is a former president of Temple's Faculty Senate, is an authority on urban public policy and comparative urban politics. Many of her writings have focused on Philadelphia and topics such as neighborhood housing values and the city's political and economic development since World War II. She is co-author of the critically acclaimed "Philadelphia: Neighborhoods, Division and Conflict in a Postindustrial City," published by Temple University Press. Another volume she co-wrote, "Comparative Public Policy: The Politics of Social Choice in Europe and America," won the Kammerer Award of the American Political Science Association.
In addition to teaching and research, Adams consults with non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia region on issues ranging from community development and human services to land-use planning. She has served on the board of directors of the William Penn Foundation and currently serves as a trustee of Moore College of Art & Design. She also is a former president of the national Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.
Adams earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in political science from Washington University.