Welcoming New Deans

Dear CC Community, 

I want to officially welcome Vice President and Dean of the College Pedro de Araujo and Vice President and Dean of the Faculty Emily Chan to their new roles. 

Their new positions were announced before Winter Break, and already, both Pedro and Emily have been instrumental in our planning and implementation as classes resume for J-Block and Half Block. Their thoughtful leadership is helping us serve our students well, even during the surge in the Omicron variant of COVID-19. They each bring a breadth of expertise and backgrounds to their new roles.

Pedro is an associate professor of economics who joined the faculty in 2008. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, and his master’s and Ph.D. from Indiana University. Pedro served most recently as vice provost, and previously as associate dean of the college. He also chaired the Economics and Business Department and served as the Knight Chair for the Study of Free Enterprise. In these roles, he has contributed to many college-level projects in areas of enrollment management, student success, general education, and other curricular and co-curricular initiatives. 

Pedro also has led the development and reorganization of academic support offices. 
He has worked with the Student Opportunities and Advising Hub, the Registrar’s Office, Accessibility Resources, First Year Program, the Colket Center, Sustainability, Global Education and Field Study, the Collaborative for Community Engagement, and Summer Programs. In addition, hes served as the college’s faculty athletics representative and as the Dean’s Office liaison for the Honor Council, rounding out his broad experience and understanding of the college and our students. Recently announced, the Career Center now also becomes part of Office of the Dean of the College. 

Emily is a professor of psychology and has been a member of the CC faculty since 2004, having earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She earned widespread respect for her teaching and commitment to student learning and is known as a collaborative changemaker and mentor.

Before her new role as dean of the faculty, she was chairperson of the Faculty Executive Committee, director of the Bridge Scholars Program, and associate director of Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies. She chaired the college’s Task Force for Academic Continuity to ensure continued delivery of the academic program at the onset of the pandemic in 2020. Previously, she served as the associate dean of academic programs and strategic initiatives.

Her commitment to diversity and inclusion is a through line in her teaching, scholarship, and college service. In recognition of her leadership and service to higher education, she is currently a Fellow of the American Council on Education. As dean of the faculty, Emily will facilitate and support professional excellence, integrity, diversity, and the thriving of the faculty community. She has primary responsibility for faculty affairs such as faculty recruitment and hiring, the shape and growth of the faculty, career development, departmental and curricular affairs, and will participate in a broad range of strategic and long-range planning. 

Both Pedro and Emily know CC well and are incredibly dedicated to our students, faculty, staff, and the college.

Please join me in welcoming Pedro and Emily to these new roles. I am energized by their leadership, and excited to see the impact they will have at CC.


L. Song Richardson


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