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W. Andrew Marcus (Geog) appointed as Permanent CAS Dean

5/3/2016: Schill’s on a roll. Four down, one to go:


W. Andrew Marcus has been Interim Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences since 2013, and he knows both the amazing opportunity and daily challenges of the University of Oregon’s largest college. That firsthand knowledge and a 15-year UO career that has been defined by incredible dedication, committed leadership, and an unflappable passion for his college make him a clear choice to serve in the role on a permanent basis.

Andrew has earned the respect of the faculty, staff, and UO leadership by always maintaining an optimistic eye on the future. Perhaps most visibly, he has been the driving force to conceptualize the Tykeson Hall College and Careers Building, and will now continue that work to make it a reality.

A tireless advocate for his faculty and staff, he leads by example, as demonstrated by his significant reorganization of the dean’s office to optimize its efficiency in the face of budgetary challenges. The high-functioning and dedicated team he has built allows him to devote more and more time to advancing the visibility of CAS, especially among alumni and donors.

Andrew remains research-active, focusing on human impacts on rivers and the use of remote sensing technology to map and understand rivers. Most recently he served as lead editor of the award winning Atlas of Yellowstone. He also served as head of the Department of Geography from 2008 to 2011, associate dean for social sciences from 2011 to 2013, and president of the UO Senate in 2004–5. 

A 1978 graduate of Stanford University, Andrew went on to earn his master of arts in geography from Arizona State University in 1983 and his PhD in geography from the University of Colorado in 1987.

Please join me in congratulating W. Andrew Marcus, now the permanent Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences.

Scott Coltrane
Provost and Senior Vice President

Schill’s on a roll. Four down, one to go:

?: New LCB business school Dean ?

5/3/2016: Andrew Marcus appointed as Permanent CAS Dean

5/2/2016: New School of Architecture and Allied Arts Dean Christoph Lindner, from Amsterdam

4/28/2016: UO’s new Dean of Journalism and Communications is PR expert Juan-Carlos Molleda from UFL

4/26/2016: UO’s new VP for Research, David Conover from Stony Brook

5/2/2016: New School of Architecture and Allied Arts Dean Christoph Lindner, from Amsterdam


I am pleased to announce that the next dean of the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts is Christoph Lindner. He will be moving to Eugene from the Netherlands, where he is professor of media and culture at the University of Amsterdam.

Lindner stood out as the candidate whose background and academic work best complements the incredible diversity of A&AA’s programs. With an academic focus on the relationship between cities, globalization and issues of political ecology, sustainability, and creative practice, Lindner is uniquely qualified to build consensus and craft a visionary 21st-century future for A&AA. 

Lindner has demonstrated a true understanding of disciplines within the school, with research and writing spanning architecture, urban planning, design, art, visual culture, and art history, and is engaged with forging connections among history, theory, and practice. He has also been an innovator in graduate education and developing research centers, both of which are closely aligned with the strategic priorities of the UO. Lindner’s strong international experience will help us connect A&AA and its research mission to global issues, as well as a network of international partners. 

From 2010 to 2014, Lindner was director of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), a research institute and doctoral school focused on the interdisciplinary study of contemporary society, politics, and culture. Currently the director of the ASCA Cities Project, Lindner is also the founding director of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis and a member of the Amsterdam Center for Globalization Studies. 

While at the University of Amsterdam, he has held visiting appointments at various universities internationally, including New York University, The New School in New York City, University of California, Berkeley, University of Edinburgh, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Queen Mary University of London, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and the University of London Institute in Paris.

Lindner will arrive on campus August 15. Please join me in welcoming Christoph Lindner to the University of Oregon.


Scott Coltrane

Provost and Senior Vice President

4/28/2016: UO’s new Dean of Journalism and Communications is PR expert Juan-Carlos Molleda from UFL:

(His application materials have been removed from the Provost’s website, here’s a backup of his letter.)


The University of Oregon is pleased to introduce Juan-Carlos Molleda as the new Edwin L. Artzt Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC). He is coming to the UO from the University of Florida, where he is a professor and chair of the Department of Public Relations. Molleda will start in Eugene on July 1.

With impeccable academic credentials, Molleda’s commitment to experiential learning, desire to expand doctoral programs, and experience with strategic planning made him an incredible fit for the SOJC and the University of Oregon.

At the University of Florida, Molleda directs an online master’s degree program in public relations and communications management that helps students acquire broader critical thinking abilities, bolster creativity, and develop stronger communication, leadership, and business skills. In addition to his work in the Department of Public Relations, Molleda is also an affiliate faculty member of the UF Center for Latin American Studies and a Fulbright senior specialist.

Molleda’s research interests are in global corporate public relations management, public relations practices and regulations, and social roles in Latin America. He has introduced to the international academic community the concept and theory of cross-national conflict and the social roles of public relations in Latin America. He also is active in the professional community—currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Public Relations and a founding member of its Commission on Global Public Relations Research. He serves as Latin American liaison of the Public Relations Society of America’s Certification in Education for Public Relations and a board member of the LAGRANT Foundation.

We expect that Molleda’s wealth of experience internationally will significantly expand the global reach of the college and dramatically enhance learning opportunities for of our SOJC students as the journalism and communications fields continue to rapidly evolve.

I want to thank Julianne Newton for her service as interim dean of the School of Journalism and Communication. Her leadership of the school has been an incredible contribution since November 2013.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Juan-Carlos Molleda.

Sincerely, Scott Coltrane, Provost and Senior Vice President

4/26/2016: UO’s new VP for Research, David Conover from Stony Brook

Good news for UO. His application materials have been taken off the Provost’s website, but here are backups:

Today’s letter from Provost Coltrane:


I am pleased to share that David Conover has accepted our offer to join the University of Oregon as vice president for research and innovation.

Conover comes to the UO from Stony Brook University, where he served as vice president for research, and his background as a scholar and strong record of successfully attracting and managing funded research made him the clear choice for Oregon.

During his term as VPR, Stony Brook launched a new Office of Proposal Development, boosted proposal production by more than 20 percent, increased research expenditures more than five percent despite stagnant federal funding, landed numerous large federal grants, and tripled its number of NSF graduate research fellows.

Prior to his VPR role at Stony Brook, Conover served as the director of the Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation, where he managed the second largest division and a budget exceeding $350 million. He oversaw two major facility construction projects: the $386 million Ocean Observatories Initiative and the $200 million research vessel R/V Sikuliaq, which operates in the Arctic Ocean.

While serving as the vice president for research at Stony Brook, Conover maintained the position of professor of marine science in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, where he also served as dean from 2003 to 2010. With extensive expertise in the ecology of marine fisheries, he has authored more than 125 publications. He joined the faculty of Stony Brook as an assistant professor in 1981.

Conover brings experience from all sides of the research world to the UO—as researcher and principal investigator, university leader and funding agency manager, he knows what the faculty needs to be successful and what agencies are looking for in making their funding decisions.

We hope you will join us in welcoming David to the University of Oregon when he arrives on campus August 15. In the meantime, this Huffington Post opinion piece that he co-authored with the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook will give you a sense of his voice in the national discussion around research funding.

I also want to express my sincere appreciation for the excellent work of Brad Shelton, who served as interim vice president for nearly two years. I am thrilled to share that Brad will remain with the provost’s office as senior vice provost for budget and strategic planning. Brad will continue his work refining the budget model and helping develop a robust academic resource allocation system. He will also work closely with Jamie Moffitt, vice president for finance and administration, on budget planning, including the strategic initiatives process and the Budget Advisory Group.


Scott Coltrane

Provost and Senior Vice President


  1. anonymous 04/26/2016

    “Brad will continue his work refining the budget model”

    Not *all* good news.

  2. Dog 04/26/2016

    This could be a very good choice. I am familiar with Conover and know many colleagues that have interacted with him. He certainly could be a boon to the Cascadia Initiative because he will fully understand it.

    What does strike mas a bit odd was his very brief tenure in this position at StonyBrook (he started in Jan 2015 but was intermi
    for 2 years prior to that). If there is a flag there, I will try to find it.

    I suppose in the end we traded Woo for him …

    • uomatters Post author | 04/26/2016

      This is a shock. Back in 2013 we published a scientific study showing VP Espy’s key role in UO’s research output: I wonder why her success here did not translate to Arizona?

    • Thom Aquinas 05/02/2016

      She blames the economy. Specifically that after the economic downturn in 2008, UA could not afford a more competent senior vice president for research in 2014…

  3. Just a thought 05/02/2016

    “New Dean Selected for the School of Architecture and Allied Arts”

    But does he know how to draw?

  4. uomatters Post author | 05/02/2016

    I don’t know, but he’s a garbologist of sorts, which is probably more relevant. The ovarian (or, if you prefer, seminal) work in this field is of course Rathje (1992):

    It is from the discards of former civilizations that archaeologists have reconstructed most of what we know about the past, and it is through their examination of today’s garbage that William Rathje and Cullen Murphy inform us of our present. Rubbish! is their witty and erudite investigation into all aspects of the phenomenon of garbage. Rathje and Murphy show what the study of garbage tells us about a population’s demographics and buying habits. Along the way, they dispel the common myths about our “garbage crisis”—about fast-food packaging and disposable diapers, about biodegradable garbage and the acceleration of the average family’s garbage output. They also suggest methods for dealing with the garbage we do have.

    Linder’s recent edited volume seems interesting as well:

    Global Garbage examines the ways in which garbage, in its diverse forms, is being produced, managed, experienced, imagined, circulated, concealed, and aestheticized in contemporary urban environments and across different creative and cultural practices. The book explores the increasingly complex relationship between globalization and garbage in locations such as Beirut, Detroit, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Manchester, Naples, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Tehran. In particular, the book examines how, and under what conditions, contemporary imaginaries of excess, waste, and abandonment perpetuate – but also sometimes counter – the imbalances of power that are frequently associated with the global metropolitan condition. This interdisciplinary collection will appeal to the fields of anthropology, architecture, film and media studies, geography, urban studies, sociology, and cultural analysis.

    It is a lot more expensive, however. Too expensive for the UO Library budget?

    • OAnon 05/05/2016

      Why “ovarian”?

      • Anas clypeata 05/06/2016

        Title IX.

      • Duckduckgo 05/06/2016

        Speaking of which, has the gender ratio in the admin gotten worse recently? The bar was pretty low to begin with.

        • Concerned PI 05/07/2016

          Yep, pretty much all men at the table now. Must be what they’re comfortable with.

  5. honest Uncle Bernie 05/03/2016

    Personally, I am very happy (and relieved) that Andrew Marcus was chosen to continue as CAS Dean.

    • Anonymous 05/05/2016

      Agreed Bernie, making Dean Marcus permanent is great news for the university.

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