Dean Mario L. Small Accepts Appointment at Harvard

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Dean Small's message to the Division regarding his departure:


Dear colleagues,

I am writing to let you know that I have accepted an invitation to return to Harvard University as the Grafstein Family Professor of Sociology, beginning July 1. I feel privileged to have been part of the University of Chicago’s intellectual community and to have been given the opportunity to serve as dean of the Social Sciences Division. In my nearly eight years at the University I have been consistently impressed by our community’s seriousness of purpose and commitment to rigorous discourse. In my administrative duties, I have learned far more than I imagined from the integrity, dedication, and high competence of our staff. I hope that with the Division’s exceptional team I have served the University to the best of my abilities. While I am thrilled about the opportunities that await me back East, I will miss deeply the many friends I have made here. Opportunity does not always knock when we expect it to. I thank you for working with me in service of the University and I look forward to collaborating in the coming months.


With my warm regards,


Mario Luis Small

Dean, Division of the Social Sciences

John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor

of Sociology and of the College

The University of Chicago

Provost Thomas Rosenbaum's message to the Division:


To:  Social Sciences Faculty, Staff, and Students
From:  Thomas F. Rosenbaum, Provost
Subject:  Mario Small
As announced earlier today, Mario Small, John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and Dean of the Social Sciences Division, will be leaving at the end of this academic year for Harvard University.  As a member of the faculty since 2006 and in his time as Dean, Mario has positioned the Division for a successful future, both as an insightful urban scholar and as an academic leader.
Mario’s focus on recruiting outstanding faculty and graduate students, and restructuring the administration to better support the ambitious work of the Division, have been salutatory.  Noteworthy programmatic initiatives under Mario’s leadership include those on Global Cities and Computational Social Sciences, as well as an Emerging Leaders Initiative to expand student services and provide internships for Ph.D. students seeking experiences in non-academic settings. The committee on the status of women in SSD will soon release a report based on a large-scale survey of Divisional faculty. Mario’s studies of urban sociology, culture, and education, and his leadership in launching the Urban Network, have advanced research in these areas across the University.
The election of a faculty search committee to advise the provost and president on the selection of the next Dean of SSD will be held early in spring quarter.
Please join me in thanking Mario and wishing him well in his new endeavor.
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