Lee Honors College dean candidates scheduled for presentations

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KALAMAZOO — Three Western Michigan University scholars vying for the position of dean of the University's Lee Honors College are scheduled to make presentations to campus audiences April 10-12.

The three finalists and the days, times and locations of their presentations are:

  • Dr. Allen Webb, professor of English, 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in 2040 Fetzer Center;
  • Dr. Carla Koretsky, professor of geosciences and environmental studies and associate dean of the Lee Honors College, 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in 2020 Fetzer Center; and
  •  Dr. Edmund Tsang, professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering and associate dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 2 p.m. Friday, April 12, in 2020 Fetzer Center.
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Koretsky

Dr. Carla Koretsky

Koretsky, who has served as honors college associate dean since 2012, first came to WMU in 2000 after a three-year stint as first a postdoctoral scientist and then a research scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to that, she served as a lecturer in geography and geology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and as a graduate research assistant at Johns Hopkins University. She earned a bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her master's and doctoral degrees from Johns Hopkins in 1995 and 1998, respectively.

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Tsang

Dr. Edmund Tsang

Tsang has been the engineering associate engineering dean since 2001. During his years in that position, he has also served as interim chair of both the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Industrial Design. Prior to coming to WMU, he taught in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of South Alabama for 21 years. He also was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Free University of Berlin for two years and taught at the University of Nebraska. He earned a bachelor's degree from Nebraska in 1973 and a doctoral degree from Iowa State University in 1977.

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Webb

Dr. Allen Webb

Webb, a specialist in multicultural literature, has been a WMU faculty member since 1992. He came to the University after serving for five years as a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon. Prior to that, he was a high school English teacher in Portland, Ore., for six years. Webb earned a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College's honors program in 1979, then earned both a teaching certificate and a master's degree from Lewis and Clark College. He also earned a second master's degree and a doctoral degree from the University of Oregon in 1990 and 1992, respectively.

Complete backgrounds on all three candidates can be found at wmich.edu/provost/announcements/#lee.

The successful candidate for the position will replace Dr. Nicholas Andreadis, honors college dean since 2010, who is retiring this summer.