Roy Summerford


AUBURN -- The search for a new dean of Auburn University's College of Liberal Arts has resumed with three finalists scheduled for interviews in April.

The finalists are John Heilman, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts; James Hougland Jr., chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Kentucky; and Dinis Calandra, chair of the Theatre Department at the University of South Florida.

Interview dates are: Hougland, April 14-15; Heilman, April 21; and Calandra, April 25-26. Public interviews with the candidates will be announced later.

Heilman, former associate dean of liberal arts, has served first as interim co-dean and later as interim dean of the college since the death of Dean Gordon Bond in 1997. A faculty member in political science, Heilman joined the AU faculty in 1973, after receiving his Ph.D. from New York University.

Hougland has held his current post since 1990 and has been a faculty member at Kentucky since 1974. He holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University.

Calandra has been Theatre Department head at South Florida since 1992 and has been a faculty member there since 1978. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.

Seach committee chair Timothy Boosinger, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, said the committee expects to conclude its work and make a recommendation to the Provostıs Office soon after the interviews.

"All three candidates are highly qualified and would serve Auburn University well," Boosinger said. "Hopefully a final decision will be made in May or June."

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