Professor of Physics Elizabeth McCormack has been named Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor in the Department of Physics at Bowdoin College, starting July 1, 2017.
As dean for academic affairs, she will serve as the chief academic officer at Bowdoin, with oversight of 31 academic departments and programs; Bowdoin’s library and museums; its research centers and field stations; the registrar’s office; the Office of International Programs and Off-Campus Study; student fellowships and research; health professions advising; special academic programs; and the Center for Learning and Teaching. Reporting to the president, she will also serve on Bowdoin’s senior leadership team.
McCormack has been a longstanding and valued member of the Bryn Mawr faculty with exceptional service in administration. She has served as Associate Provost, Chair of the Faculty, Dean of Graduate Studies, Chair of the Physics Department, and the Director of the STEM Posse. She has also served on the Committee on Academic Priorities, the Committee on Nominations, the Deans Advisory Group, and the Graduate Council. In 2007 she received the College’s McPherson Prize for Faculty.
McCormack joined the faculty in 1995 and was promoted to full professor in 2005. She has published over 30 peer-review articles and has received support for her research from the NSF and NASA. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a designation conferred on less than 0.5 percent of the membership for exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise and she currently serves as a member of the Joint Task Force on Undergraduate Physics Programs of the American Physical Society, chair of the board of directors of The Research Corporation for Science Advancement, a leadership mentor for Project Kaleidoscope at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and a consultant to the Scientific Equipment Program at the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.
Read Bowdoin's announcement of the appointment.