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Distributed September 7, 2004
Contact Mark Nickel

Brown Faculty Begins 2004-05 Academic Year at 628, Largest Roster Ever

For the second consecutive year, the Brown University faculty will begin the academic year at its largest size ever. Fifty-two new members will join the roster of regular faculty, which now stands at 628. Twenty-two of those new faculty have been hired into positions that have been newly created as part of a multiyear planned expansion of the University’s regular faculty. (See photos and notes on new faculty in Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Life Sciences.)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Brown University faculty will welcome 52 new members for the 2004-05 academic year, bringing the roster of regular faculty members to 628 – its largest ever.

Twenty-two of the new faculty members have been appointed to newly created positions, part of plan to expand the faculty that will continue well into the next decade. Increasing the size of the Brown faculty is a high priority of the University’s Plan for Academic Enrichment.

“Increasing the size of the faculty enables the University to make many enhancements to academic and intellectual life on campus,” said Rajiv Vohra, former chair of the Economics Department who is beginning his first full year as dean of the faculty. “But it is more than a matter of mere numbers. Departments have been very successful in recruiting their top candidates, bringing well-established senior scholars as well as the most promising young faculty to Brown.”

Among the new recruits are senior scholars and researchers who will lead some of Brown’s new multidisciplinary centers, initiatives and programs:

  • Charles (Chip) Lawrence, professor of applied mathematics, will direct the new Center for Computational Molecular Biology.
  • Sociologist John Logan will direct the new Initiative in Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences.
  • Steven Lubar, former curator of engineering and industry at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, will be director of the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization.
  • Osvaldo Sala, a leading ecological researcher from the University of Buenos Aires, will direct the Environmental Change Initiative.

Editors: Brief profiles of new faculty members are available from the Brown News Service:


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