This week the Graduate College welcomed three new faculty members to part-time administrative positions: Dr. Patricia Stock, Dr. Frans Tax, and Dr. Benedict Colombi.
Dr. Patricia Stock, Professor in the Department of Entomology and the Entomology and Insect Science GIDP is Faculty Fellow for Special Projects and Initiatives. In this role, Dr. Stock will be working with the Faculty Directors of GIDPs, Diversity and Inclusion and the Graduate Center to develop new programs and funding opportunities for graduate students to expand their experiences outside of the classroom and laboratory.
Dr. Frans Tax is a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and is joining us as Faculty Director for Diversity and Inclusion. The late Dr. Maria Teresa Velez left UA with a legacy as one of the top institutions in the country for the inclusive recruitment and retention of Graduate Students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. Dr. Tax worked closely with Dr. Velez as co-PI of the NIH funded Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) grant that has funded students from a diversity of backgrounds. Over the past ten years, Dr. Tax has also worked to provide students with access to all of the resources of the University of Arizona He is one of the founders of the Arizona Science Engineering and Mathematics Scholars (ASEMS) program, and helps to teach a course for freshman to transition to college level academics, understand university culture, and connect with faculty and students.
Dr. Benedict Colombi, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies is replacing Dr. Andrew Carnie as Faculty Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs). The University of Arizona's Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research where traditional disciplines interface. As Faculty Director of GIDPs, Dr. Colombi will oversee the operations of the office of GIDP Administration and oversee the operations of the 15 GIDP programs.
Drs. Stock, Tax and Colombi will all continue to hold academic positions in their home units and will continue to participate in the teaching and research missions of the institution in addition to taking on these important administrative roles.