Dean Anthony G. (Tony) Calamai has advised me of his intention to step down as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), effective July 1, 2016. While this is a significant loss to the Academic Affairs leadership team, the good news is that Tony is not leaving Appalachian. He will return to the faculty as a professor of physics and has accepted the Cain Distinguished Professorship in Science Education in the College of Arts & Sciences. I very much appreciate the support of the CAS Science discipline chairs who indicated strong support for Tony lending his talents to the Cain Distinguished Professorship.
Dr. Calamai has served Appalachian as Dean of Arts & Sciences since July 1, 2009. His deanship, coupled with his chairs, faculty, and college staff, have provided eight years of collegial and consistent leadership for the college. The stability that Tony brought to the position has helped the college maintain its excellence through the ongoing challenges facing higher education at the local, state, and national levels.
Many in the Appalachian community may not realize that Tony actually began his professional life as a high school math teacher and coach. There are several other areas of his background and experiences that are relevant to his new role as well. For instance, he taught evening science teacher development workshops from 2001 through 2003 in the fall semesters. These were organized by the Math/Science Education Center, the entity he will now be serving. He has maintained excellent relations with the UNC VP responsible for teacher education and was invited to serve on the General Assembly's Common Core Engagement Group. In 2015, Tony also participated in the Board of Governors Summit for K-12 education reform. Tony's interdisciplinary context across the sciences, will serve him well in unifying faculty in CAS and in the Reich College of Education to help enhance our science teacher education programs and STEM outreach efforts.
Dr. Calamai is renowned for his humor and a willingness to speak up and discuss points of concern for the larger interest of Appalachian. Personally, I continue to enjoy Tony's gregarious nature and I have appreciated his insights as I have become a part of the Appalachian community. We look forward to seeing him bring all of these qualities into this new role here at Appalachian and I know you will all join me in wishing him the very best as he transitions into this new position.
I will name an interim Dean before the end of the spring semester. This will ensure leadership continuity in the College before we launch a national search for a permanent Dean.
Darrell P. Kruger
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor