Cornell Faculty Senate Candidates Vie for Dean Position

The Faculty Senate will consider possible replacements for Dean of the Faculty Prof. Joseph Burns Ph.D. ’66, astronomy, mechanical and aerospace engineering — who is currently on medical leave — at its Wednesday meeting. The faculty dean is the University faculty’s chief administrative officer and liaison to the president, trustees and Cornell community, according to the University Faculty website. There are currently five candidates for the position, according to Acting Dean Prof. Michael Fontaine, classics. All candidates stressed the need for shared governance, especially when determining the details of the new College of Business. Prof. Paul Soloway, nutritional sciences, said the administration’s method of creating the college indicates a lack of trust in the faculty.