Head of School Craig W. Bradley announced the appointment of Merrilee Mardon as the next Dean of Faculty on Tuesday. Mardon, who currently serves as the Dean of Academic Life, will begin her term in July for the 2017-18 academic year.
"Merrilee was chosen from among an excellent pool of candidates, including a number of strong internal candidates," Bradley announced. "I look forward to her leading the faculty as we move to implement a structure and system to enable meaningful feedback for faculty and an effective evaluation system; the curriculum review which will begin in 2017-18; and the development of new programs in collaboration with departments and individual faculty members."
Bradley added, "Hotchkiss is committed to recruiting an intellectually engaging and diverse faculty who are committed to excellence in teaching and to their own professional growth, and who care deeply about students' personal growth and well-being. This commitment resonates with Merrilee's values and ambitions for this vital leadership role."
Mardon is a graduate of Smith College and earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Prior to working at Hotchkiss, she taught Economics and Gender and Women's Studies at Connecticut College for five years before joining the Hotchkiss faculty in 2008. She was appointed Associate Dean of Academic Life in 2013 and Dean of Academic Life in 2014. She has played an integral role in leading a number of academic areas of the School during a period of transition in the Dean of Faculty and Head of School roles.
The announcement concludes a two-month search process facilitated by an Advisory Committee, which included: Carmen Dockery-Perkins, Tom Drake, Abdoulaye Fall, Bill Fenton, Adam Lang, Susan Park, Parker Reed, Laurie Ross, and Eileen Sullivan. Mardon will succeed Tom Drake, who is currently serving a one-year appointment as the interim dean of faculty.