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Sarah Mangelsdorf named acting dean
of College of Liberal Arts and Science
Chamberlain, News Editor
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Sarah C. Mangelsdorf, head of the department
of psychology and a recent associate provost at the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign, has been appointed as acting dean of the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Her appointment was made pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees
at its meeting Sept. 9 in Springfield.
Mangelsdorf will succeed Jesse G. Delia, who has held the position since
1994. Delia was recently appointed acting provost for the campus, filling
the position left by Richard Herman, now the interim chancellor. Delia
and Mangelsdorf will begin their new duties on Aug. 16.
“Sarah Mangelsdorf is an accomplished senior scholar who has broad
and highly successful administrative experience with the full range
of issues concerning undergraduate and graduate education; building
and retaining an exceptional faculty, and nurturing excellence in academic
units,” Herman said.
“As an associate provost, she guided policy and priorities concerning
undergraduate education across the campus. As the head of psychology,
she led one of our most eminent departments and largest undergraduate
and graduate programs. As a professor, she has received her college’s
highest award for teaching.
“In these and other contexts, Professor Mangelsdorf has demonstrated
a deep understanding of the breadth of campus, the needs of disciplines
from the sciences to the social sciences and the humanities, and the
importance of excellence in teaching and research. I am delighted that
guidance of LAS will be in the hands of such a skilled and accomplished
academic leader and administrator.”
Mangelsdorf earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1980
from Oberlin College in Ohio, and earned her doctorate in child psychology
in 1988 from the University of Minnesota.
She joined the psychology department faculty at Illinois in 1992, after
four years as a professor at the University of Michigan. From 1999 to
2001, she was an associate head of the department, then served as an
associate provost for the campus from 2001 to 2003. She has been head
of the psychology department since August 2003.
Mangelsdorf is the author of numerous articles on child development
and developmental psychology, and has served on the editorial boards
of five academic journals in the field of psychology. She has been honored
several times for her teaching, including the William Prokasy Teaching
Award (1998), the highest award for teaching in LAS, and has appeared
consistently on the campus list of excellent teachers.