Term of Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies Bob Jacobsen extended

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The interim dean of undergraduate studies for the College of Letters and Science will retain his position until June of 2017, the campus announced Friday.

Campus physics professor Bob Jacobsen will now keep his title of interim dean for an additional two years, according to an announcement from Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele and Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education Catherine Koshland. Jacobsen was first given the job in July of last year.

According to campus spokesperson Janet Gilmore, Jacobsen’s term was extended because administrators “feel he is doing an excellent job.” Though his position is only an interim one, Gilmore said the campus is not currently seeking a permanent dean.

Jacobsen said he plans to help implement aspects of Chancellor Nicholas Dirks’ Undergraduate Initiative, which include cross-college programs and curriculum planning. He also said that he plans to revamp undergraduate advising for current and prospective College of Letters and Science majors and that advising within the college is something “we could do a lot better on.”

“There’s a lot of stuff happening,” he said. “(These are) exciting times for undergraduate education.”

Jacobsen is helping to develop the curriculum of a new data science breadth course, which Dirks mentioned in his most recent fireside chat. Jacobsen said that of his current tasks related to the initiative, the data course is coming along the fastest and may be introduced to students in the fall. He said he hopes it will show students “more wonderful things to study.”

Jacobsen’s term as interim dean will be renewed July 1.

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