Edwardsville, IL (PRWEB) May 10, 2012
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Interim Provost Ann Boyle has named Jerry Weinberg the associate provost for research and dean of the SIUE Graduate School. The appointment was approved by the Board of Trustees today.
“Dr. Weinberg is a proven, effective problem solver who has contributed many helpful changes in the Graduate School and Office of Research while serving as the acting associate provost and dean,” Boyle said. “Coupling that with his academic background, experience with research and his understanding of SIUE as a Master’s Comprehensive University with a teacher/scholar model, he was the best candidate in a highly qualified pool.”
Search Committee Chair Dr. Stephen Hansen, professor of historical studies and former dean of the Graduate School, led the 6-month national search that began with a pool of 31 candidates.
“I commend Dr. Hansen and the search committee for their careful and thorough work in conducting the search.” Boyle said. “They devoted their time and effort in support of the Graduate School and the Office of Research and Projects. It is deeply appreciated.”
“I am honored and excited to be a part of creating an environment that supports and nourishes the innovative spirit of SIUE’s faculty and graduate students,” Weinberg said. “Our modern economy depends on the progress of ideas. There is no more important time than now for new discoveries in science, development of new technologies and the creativity of the arts.”
Weinberg, who earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Vanderbilt University in Nashville in 1996, has served as the acting associate provost for research and dean of the SIUE Graduate School since July 2010. During that time, he advanced the activities of the unit to strengthen both the graduate operations and its scholarly efforts. He increased travel support for faculty, developed and offered new internal programs to support faculty in the submission of external grant proposals, oversaw the creation of a new research and creative activities website, increased attendance at the Graduate School Open House and brought the graduate program assessment process under the shared governance structure of the Graduate School.
Prior to serving in the acting position, Weinberg was the department chair of computer science in the SIUE School of Engineering from 2005-2010. He joined the SIUE faculty in 1996.
In addition to his strong record of service at SIUE, Weinberg brings considerable experience to the role as demonstrated by an outstanding record of scholarship in the field of robotics. He has more than 60 published articles, book chapters, proceedings and technical reports; receipt of significant external funding of approximately $1.9 million as principal or co-principal investigator for research and education projects from state and federal agencies (including the National Science Foundation); and also has substantive experience in graduate education as a professor, mentor and thesis advisor.