[Blueboard] Dean of the School of Science & Engineering & Dean of the School of Humanities
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Fri Jan 26 15:20:47 PHT 2007
Ateneo de Manila University
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
26 January 2007
MEMO TO : THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY
FROM : THE PRESIDENT
SUBJECT : APPOINTMENT OF THE DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF SCIENCE
AND ENGINEERING AND THE DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF
I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees in their Special Meeting held on Saturday, January 13, 2007, decided on the appointments for the Dean of the School of Science and Engineering and the Dean of the School of Humanities, effective April 1, 2007 through March 31, 2010.
The Board of Trustees reviewed the recommendations of the Search Committee and the recommendation of the President. The Board of Trustees then confirmed the recommendations of both the Search Committee and of the President as follows:
Dean of the School of Science and Engineering
Dr. Fabian M. Dayrit, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Ateneo de Manila University, for another three-year term, April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2010.
Dr. Dayrit holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University and a B.S. Chemistry, cum laude, from Ateneo de Manila University. He has been Dean of the School of Science and Engineering for six of the past seven years. Over these years, the School of Science and Engineering has continued to grow in the number and excellence of its programs. The School of Science and Engineering looks forward to his continuing leadership over the next three years.
Dean of the School of Humanities
Dr. Ma. Luz C. Vilches, Associate Professor, Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University.
Dr. Vilches holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Lancaster. She also has an M.A. English Language in Literary Studies from the University of Nottingham, an M.A. in Folklife Studies from the University of Leeds, an M.A. in Literature from the Ateneo de Manila University, and an A.B. in English and Philosophy from the Divine Word University of Tacloban.
She joined the Department of English as Instructor in June 1981 to 1983 and 1986 to 1987 and has been a full-time faculty member of the Department of English since 1988. She was seconded to the World Health Organization (WHO) Learning Centre in Manila as EFL Instructor, 1990-1992, Academic Coordinator, 1992-1993, and Director of Studies, 1993-1995. She was Coordinator of the Philippines English Language Teaching (PELT) Project, 1995-1999. This project provided intensive training in reflective teaching for Philippine public secondary school teachers in 7 out of the 16 regions in the Philippines. She was Executive Director of the Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching (ACELT), 1995-2004. She has been Department Chair of the Department of English since 2004.
Dr. Vilches brings to this important leadership position a wealth of experience as faculty member in the Department of English, as teacher and academic leader for the Ateneo training programs at the WHO in Manila, and as trainer and manager in the PELT project which aimed to enhance English teacher development and language programs in both public and private schools in the Philippines. She also brings leadership experience from her having been Chair of the English Department over the last three years.
In recommending the appointment of Dr. Vilches as Dean of the School of Humanities, the Search Committee also noted that she has a long overdue sabbatical and has thus recommended Dr. Benilda S. Santos to serve as Acting Dean for the first year of the term, 2007-2008. The Board of Trustees has confirmed this recommendation.
Thus, for the Dean of the School of Humanities, the Board of Trustees appoints:
Dr. Ma. Luz C. Vilches – April 1, 2008 – March 31, 2010
Dr. Benilda S. Santos – April 1, 2007 – March 31, 2008
Dr. Benilda S. Santos is Professor of the Department of Filipino and the Founding Director of the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP). Dr. Santos also served as Dean of the School of Humanities Schoolyear 2003-2004.
I would like to thank Dr. Dayrit, Dr. Vilches and Dr. Santos for accepting these important leadership responsibilities and mission for the Ateneo de Manila.
I would also like to thank Dr. Leovino Ma. Garcia for leading the School of Humanities for six of its seven years. Over these years, the School of Humanities has acquired a new home and has grown both in the number and excellence of its programs. Particularly notable is its development of excellent programs in the Fine Arts. On behalf of the Ateneo de Manila community, I would like to thank Dr. Garcia for the dedication and leadership that has helped bring the School of Humanities to these new heights of mission and excellence.
I would like to thank the Search Committee for undertaking the important task of interviewing resource persons and candidates for these leadership positions and of making its recommendations to the President for final approval by the Board of Trustees. On my behalf and on behalf of the University, I would like to express my personal thanks and the thanks of the University to the Chair and the members of the Committee:
Dr. Ramon C. Reyes - Chair
Dr. Ricardo G. Abad
Dr. Remmon E. Barbaza
Mr. Leland Joseph R. de la Cruz
Dr. Ma. Isabel P. Martin
Dr. Ma. Mercedes T. Rodrigo
Dr. Mari-Jo P. Ruiz
Mr. Angelo Ramon A. Tanchoco
We look forward in the coming months to working with the Loyola Schools in planning for directions and tasks for the future.
BIENVENIDO F. NEBRES, S.J.
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