With a recent shuffling of positions and a new position created on campus, several longtime faculty and members of the administration have filled the newly-created or opened dean positions.
Dr. Richard Stamper, a 1985 Rose graduate and previous mechanical engineering professor, has taken on the role of Interim Dean of Faculty since July. The first in a series profiling each dean, Stamper was gracious enough to sit down and fill in the gaps about his job and his role on campus.
Rose Thorn: What exactly is your job description?
Richard Stamper: My goal is to make sure the faculty is great and have all the material they need to deliver a wonderful academic experience. A major part of this is hiring, tenure and retention of faculty.
RT: Are there any current major projects you are working on?
RS: The big one right now is ABET accreditation. It’s a very important accreditation that we have to do every six years. It affects a lot of things such as the ability to get federal grants, student loans, and be allowed to sit for the FE exam. Each department has to create a book of the curriculum, and there is an on-site visit as well. Another major one is the Dean’s Equipment Fund which is used to buy materials the faculty needs. This includes lab equipment and renovation of classrooms such as those in Myers.
RT: Are there any upcoming projects you can tell us about?
RS: There will be a lot of new things out of the strategic planning, but some other things coming up are continuing to expand the H.E.R.E program and Leadership Academy and more reversing the classroom.
Another thing I do is promotion to review, which is for the tenure process at the end of the year. It’s amazing to see all the inspiring work our professors do throughout the year. The components to receive tenure are teaching, professional development, and service. After ABET it is hiring season to recruit new professors. Last year the school brought in 18 new professors either as tenure track or visiting.
RT: What is the most rewarding aspect of your position?
RS: Well, I’m still working on that, as I haven’t had this job for very long. I would have to say it is seeing all the good work the faculty can do with great students. Hopefully I will be able to support those collaborations. I think also in the future I will be able to see the impact this office has on the school, and that will be amazing.
RT: Have there been any drawbacks to the job so far?
RS: Probably the learning curve. There are some great opportunities out there that I haven’t been able to respond to as I’m moving to slow. I’m not as effective as I want to be, but it will come in time.
I feel very fortunate to have talented students and dedicated faculty and staff that have the same driving goal. It doesn’t always happen that way, but it makes the school stronger.