CANR Dean Search

December 15, 2011 under CANR News

The University of Delaware has formally launched a nationwide search for a new dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The new dean will replace Robin Morgan, who announced in September that she will be stepping down effective at the end of the 2011-12 academic year, when she completes her second five-year term as dean. Morgan will return to the CANR faculty.

UD will begin advertising for the position, and a review of applications will begin Feb. 15 and will continue until the position is filled. The proposed start date for the successful candidate is July 1, 2012.

“We look forward to an inclusive, nationwide search to identify the next dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a person whose dynamic and entrepreneurial leadership will continue to strengthen and expand the research, teaching and extension work of the college,” said Charles G. Riordan, UD vice provost for graduate and professional education and chair of the search committee.

The search committee was convened by Provost Tom Apple.

In addition to Riordan, committee members are: Mohsen Badiey, deputy dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and professor of marine science and policy; Kelebogile Setiloane, associate professor of behavioral health and nutrition; Blake Meyers, Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor and chair of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences; Calvin Keeler, professor of animal and food sciences; Joshua Duke, professor of food and resource economics; Judy Hough-Goldstein, professor of entomology and wildlife ecology; James Glancey, associate professor of bioresources engineering; Pam Green, Crawford H. Greenewalt Chair of Plant and Soil Sciences; Susan Garey, Cooperative Extension agent; Carissa Wickens, assistant professor of animal and food sciences; Mark Isaacs, assistant professor of plant and soil sciences; and James C. Borel, DuPont executive vice president and a member of the UD Board of Trustees.

Information is available at the CANR dean search website, and a copy of the dean search advertisement is available in PDF format.


Refocus Your Job Search — Tips from UD Extension

February 15, 2010 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

As if being unemployed isn’t tough enough, there’s more bad news for those who have found themselves out of work. It’s taking longer than ever to find new job. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people in management, professional and related occupations who had lost their jobs in March of last year were unemployed for a median of 19.6 weeks, nearly 5 months. That’s longer than in previous economics downturns.

Even though a number of indicators show that the econony began improving in mid 2009, employers are continuing to be cautious and slow to add workers.

For job seekers, this means they need to be especially resourceful and creative in their search for employment, says Maria Pippidis, a University of Delaware Cooperative Extension educator for family and consumer science.

“It’s not enough to send your resume to online career boards that might receive thousands of applications for a single position,” says Pippidis. “You need to do a targeted job search and utilize every tool available, including newpaper and online ads, job fairs, headhunters and personal contacts.”

If you have been out of work for a while, here are some recommendations from Pippidis on how to refocus your job search:

  • Personal Contacts are Paramount. Some studies show that about 60 percent of all jobs are found by networking.  Network with everyone — people who work in your field, neighbors and friends and those you know from social, civic and religious organizations. Don’t ask for a job – unless you know the person is actively hiring. Do ask for information about how to proceed with your job hunt or improve your resume, and referrals to others who might be able to help.
  • Treat Job Hunting Like a Job. Make your job search the first priority of every weekday. Expect to spend 15 to 20 hours a week looking for work.                                                   
  • Give Your Resume a Makeover.  Make sure your resume reflects current terminology for your field and includes all necessary key words. Ask a colleague   in your field for constructive criticism. Also, ask an English teacher or other wordsmith to check for spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes you may not have noticed before.    
  • Give Yourself a Makeover.  No, Pippidis isn’t suggesting cosmetic surgery or expensive beauty products. But you do need to make sure that your interview suit fits well, that your shoes are polished and that your hair is well groomed. Go to a local beauty school for budget prices on hair cuts, perms and color treatments. 
  • Consider Freelancing, Temp and Contract Jobs. All of these short-term employment solutions provide income but they offer additional benefits, including expanded opportunities to network. Some temporary jobs lead to permanent employment. A short-term job also gets you out of the house, with other people, and thus can help to keep your spirits up at a stressful time in life.    

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