Minerva Schools at KGI Names Diane Halpern Dean of the College of Social Sciences
Dr. Diane F. Halpern has been appointed Dean of the College of Social Sciences at the Minerva School of Arts and Sciences.
"We are thrilled to welcome Diane, an internationally renowned educator and researcher, to the Minerva team," said Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn, founding dean. "Her expertise in the field of critical thinking will be invaluable as the Minerva Schools at KGI delivers a world-class education to the next generation of global leaders."
Dr. Halpern joins Minerva from Claremont McKenna College where she is the McElwee Family Professor of Psychology and Roberts Fellow. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Cincinnati and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work in the field of psychology is considered groundbreaking and pivotal, especially with respect to critical thinking, gender differences in cognition, and balancing work and family. She is a prolific author and editor with more than 20 books and hundreds of scholarly articles and other publications. Dr. Halpern has won many awards for her teaching and research, including, most recently, the 2013 Association for Psychological Science James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research. Dr. Halpern is a past president of the American Psychological Association, the Western Psychological Association, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the Division of General Psychology.
"I am excited to be joining the incredible group of academics at the Minerva Schools at KGI," Dr. Halpern said. "The Minerva model of education is built around the question of what today's students need to learn to be effective world citizens taking leadership roles in their communities. The curriculum is grounded in the science of learning and the emphasis is on mastering critical analysis, creative thinking and effective communication. For decades I have written about ways to enhance student learning. At Minerva, I will have the opportunity to extend my ideas into practice."
Deans are now confirmed at all four colleges within the School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Halpern joins Dr. Daniel Levitin, dean of the College of Arts & Humanities; Dr. Eric Bonabeau, dean of the College of Computational Sciences; and Dr. James D. Sterling, director of Minerva Labs and interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences. Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn, founding dean of the Minerva Schools at KGI, leads the School of Arts and Sciences. Applications for the founding class, matriculating in the fall of 2014, are being accepted through April 15, 2014.