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Second College dean candidate to visit Aug. 27

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

LAWRENCE — Mark P. Jones, professor of political science and the Jamail chair in Latin American studies at Rice University, will make a public presentation Thursday, Aug. 27, as a candidate for dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas.

Jones is the second of four candidates for the position who will make public presentations during their respective campus visits. His talk will be from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union.

He is the fellow in political science at Rice University’s Baker Institute. His research focuses on the effect of electoral laws and other political institutions on governance, representation and voting. He serves as director of the master of global affairs program at Rice.

Jones is a prolific author with numerous scholarly journal articles and publications to his credit. He also wrote “Electoral Laws and the Survival of Presidential Democracies” in 1995 and co-wrote “Texas Politics Today: 2015-2016 Edition” in 2014. He has received grants from a number of sources, including the National Science Foundation.

He joined the faculty at Rice in 2007, and he also taught at the University of Houston, Michigan State University, University of Notre Dame and several institutions in South America. Jones earned his doctorate in political science in 1994 from University of Michigan

The dean search committee, led by Professor of English Marta Caminero-Santangelo, invites students, faculty and staff to attend all candidate presentations and provide feedback of their impressions. Each candidate will share their ideas on the topic “21st Century Challenges to Liberal Arts and Sciences (and how KU will address them).” The university will release information about each candidate roughly 48 hours before his or her talk. Additional candidates are scheduled to appear:

  • Candidate 3 presentation: 3-4 p.m. Sept. 2 in the Malott Room, Kansas Union
  • Candidate 4 presentation: 3-4 p.m. Sept. 4 in Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

Candidate presentations will be recorded and will be available for viewing after all candidates have appeared on campus. Evaluations of all candidates are due by 8 a.m. Sept. 8.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the home of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, arts and languages at KU. It includes the School of the Arts the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, and the School of Public Affairs & Administration. It offers more than 100 majors, minors, and certificates in 53 academic departments and programs, enrolling 15,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students and employing more than 600 faculty members.