April 13, 2011
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Kenneth C. Janda as Dean of the School of Physical Sciences, effective May 1.
A professor of chemistry at UCI since 1992, Professor Janda's field of research is experimental molecular physics and quantum mechanics, using molecular spectroscopy and quantum theory to understand how non-chemical interactions affect the structure and dynamics of chemical bonds in the gas phase, liquids and solids. Professor Janda is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, contributes in numerous capacities to professional organizations of his discipline, and oversees a vibrant research program.
Professor Janda has served as the School's Interim Dean since November 1, 2010, and before that, as Associate Dean since 2008, with broad-ranging responsibilities pertaining to student affairs and academic programs. He has also been an active participant on numerous senate and administrative committees, including the Academic Planning Group, the Budget Work Group, and the Enrollment Council. He has served as Chair of the Council on Educational Policy (CEP) and as Chair of the Irvine Division of the Academic Senate, and in 2009-10, served on the Size and Shape Committee of the U.C. Commission on the Future.
We are grateful to the search committee and its chair, Professor Ellen Druffel, for its efforts toward this important appointment. Please join us in offering warm congratulations to Dean Janda and in welcoming him to his new role.
Chancellor Michael Drake
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Michael Gottfredson