Faculty Director of College Houses
The Office of the Provost and the Office of College Houses and Academic Services (CHAS) announced that Dr. Philip Nichols, who has served as Faculty Director of College Houses since 2002, will step down on June 30. Dr. Mark Liberman, the Faculty Master of Ware College House since 2000, and chair of the Residential Faculty Council, has been appointed to take over on July 1, 2006.
“Mark is someone universally revered by students, faculty and staff alike,” said Deputy Provost Janice Bellace. “His depth of experience in the College Houses, and his love of teaching and undergraduate life make him the perfect choice for this position.”
Dr. Liberman, who holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from M.I.T., is a Trustee Professor of Phonetics in the department of linguistics and a professor in the department of computer and information science. He serves as director of the Linguistic Data Consortium and co-director of the Institute for Research in Cognitive Sciences. His research includes the melody and rhythm of speech, speech and language technology, and the evolution of language.
Dr. Nichols is stepping down so that he may work closely with organizations in Central America, including SentraRSE, FundaRSE, APEDE, the American Chambers of Commerce for each of the countries, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. His role is to institute global business standards and ethics by conducting training seminars and creating materials while continuing his research as an associate professor of legal studies and business ethics at Wharton. He will continue to serve as Faculty Master of Stouffer College House.
During Dr. Nichols’ tenure, CHAS increased the number of faculty-in-residence, launched the freshman online orientation Pennster, instituted smoke-free residences and gender neutral housing, revived the student-led Residential Advisory Board, and created an intramural league of College House residents and a quarterly newsletter, HOUSE.
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 34, May 23, 2006
May 23, 2006
Volume 52 Number 34