The University of West Georgia has chosen Dr. N. Jane McCandless to serve as transitional dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, temporarily running the college while a recommendation is given to UWG President Beheruz N. Sethna for the school’s reorganization.
For funding and expansion purposes, the College of Arts and Sciences will divide into three separate colleges, organized according to the existing departmental breakdown of the school’s arts and sciences, expected to take effect the spring semester that begins in January 2011.
McCandless’ past administrative experience includes interim director for the Philosophy Program and interim chair for the Department of Mass Communications and Theatre Arts. She has also chaired numerous college and university committees and served as chair of the board of directors for the Carroll Rape Crisis Center.
Since 2003, she has served as chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology, and has maintained several leadership positions at the campus, state and national levels of the American Association of University Professors, including her present position as president of the statewide organization in Georgia.