Jeanne Colleran was appointed as the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on March 22.
Colleran is currently a professor in the English department at John Carroll University, where she has worked for 22 years. As a professor, Colleran has won the Cullichia Award, the Distinguished Faculty and Miles Curtis Service Award, all three are teaching awards available at JCU.
In addition to her role as professor, Colleran has served as the chair of the English department and as co-chair of the Academic Planning Committee.
It was the experience as co-chair that prompted Colleran to apply for the position.
“That experience was very enjoyable for me, especially for the opportunity it gave me to work with a terrific group of dedicated faculty. As dean, I can continue to work with faculty to think about shaping the future of the College of Arts and Sciences,” said Colleran.
In her new position, Colleran has two main objectives she would like to accomplish. First, Colleran said she hopes to make the College of Arts and Sciences more interdisciplinary. She would also like to create electronic portfolios to help students plan coursework more thoughtfully and efficiently.
Colleran said, “There is exciting change happening at JCU, with new academic programs coming into existence because of seed money and other proposals. I look forward to supporting these innovative ideas.”
The process to replace Linda Eisenmann, who left the position at the end of the Spring 2009 semester, has been continuing throughout the year.
The search committee, chaired by biology professor Jeff Johansen and tasked with finding a new dean, reviewed the more than 80 applicants. The pool of candidates was narrowed to three, who were brought in for interviews, before the committee recommended Colleran for the position.
John Day, academic vice president, said, “In her application and her interviews with various groups across campus, [Colleran] demonstrated her thorough knowledge of John Carroll and her readiness to use her many talents on behalf of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University in her new role.”
Colleran will begin her new position on Aug. 1, taking over for Beth Martin who has served as interim dean this year.
Martin said, “I’ve offered to share whatever I am able with her as she embarks on this new journey. I look forward to her leadership as she joins a strong leadership team at JCU.”