Candidates for Arts & Sciences deanship named

Current Interim Dean Bradley Rundquist, joins Rhode Island’s Nancy Eaton and Lehigh’s Cam Wesson as finalists

Three finalists for Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences will be on campus in the last two weeks of February. Archival image.

Three candidates will interview for the position of University of North Dakota Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences over the next two weeks.

  • Nancy Eaton will interview Feb. 19 and 20, with an open forum set for Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Education Room 7.
  • Bradley Rundquist will interview Feb. 21 and 22, with an open forum Thursday, Feb. 21, 2:30 to 3:30 in Education Room 7.
  • Cameron Wesson will interview Feb. 25 and 26, with an open forum Monday, Feb. 25, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Education Room 7.

Each candidate submitted a biography, published below.

Nancy Eaton

Nancy Eaton

Nancy Eaton is currently the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Science at the University of Rhode Island, where she has created an environment where students and faculty explore human culture and the natural world. Much of her career has been spent at the University of Rhode Island where, in addition to associate dean, she has held the positions of Chair of Mathematics and Chair of the Faculty Senate. She has led initiatives on faculty recruitment, curriculum review, and reform and new programs established the Collaboration for Exploration in Mathematics and Sciences (CEMS-a faculty-led initiative that facilitates inclusive excellence and achievement in STEM) and joined other faculty and administrators to develop URI’s first Academic Plan. In 2012-2013, Dr. Eaton was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow and spent the year at her host institution, California State University, San José.

Dr. Eaton earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics in the area of Combinatorics from Emory University, a B.S. in Mathematics from The State University of New York at New Paltz and an A.S. in Computer Science from Dutchess Community College. Dr. Eaton has authored over 20 technical reports and peer-reviewed articles.  Her research and academic initiatives have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Rhode Island Department of Education, and the AT&T Foundation. She received the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Women and Scientific Literacy award for course development.

Bradley Rundquist

Brad Rundquist

Brad Rundquist is currently Professor of Geography and Interim Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Dakota. Much of his career has been spent at the University of North Dakota where he held several positions including College of Art & Sciences Associate Dean for Research, the Chair of Geography, Interim Chair of Philosophy & Religious Studies, and Interim Chair of American Indian Studies. He has led initiatives on budget, research, curriculum, strategic planning and the creation and direction of UND’s Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science. He previously worked for Lockheed-Martin at Johnson Space Center in support of NASA’s Earth Observation (astronaut photography) Program and as an editor and reporter for the Fort Dodge (IA) Messenger daily newspaper.

Dr. Rundquist earned his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Geography from Kansas State University and his B.J. (Journalism) in News-Editorial from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Rundquist’s primary research area is ecological applications of remote sensing and GIS, having authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications. He is the managing editor of the Taylor & Francis journal Geocarto International. Rundquist has served on the governing board of the American Association of Geographers and as President of the St. Louis Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing.

Cam Wesson

Cam Wesson

Cam Wesson is currently the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the Lucy Moses Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Lehigh University, where he has led initiatives to increase faculty diversity and inclusion while working to increase philanthropic support for the college and improving the student experience. Before becoming Interim Dean, Dr. Wesson served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs where he revised the undergraduate advising system, oversaw academic program assessment, led college accreditation efforts, and expanded access to study abroad opportunities.  He has held the position of Chair of Anthropology at the University of Vermont and faculty appointments at the University of Illinois-Chicago and the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Wesson earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana and his B.S. in Architecture and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Anthropology from Auburn University. His research focuses on issues of Native American architecture and community planning, pre-Capitalist political economies, archaeological remote sensing, and archaeometry. He has published over 20 articles and books and over 20 technical reports. Dr. Wesson is currently pursuing archaeological research on migration in the Southeastern U.S. and in the Scottish Outer Hebrides.  He has held a number of committee positions with the American Anthropological Society and the Society for American Archeology.