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Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Jeanne Sept to be named new dean of the faculties

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Subject to the approval of the Indiana University Board of Trustees, Jeanne Sept will be named the 13th dean of the faculties at IU Bloomington. Her appointment will begin on Aug. 1, and she will replace Moya L. Andrews, who is retiring.

Sept, professor of anthropology at IU Bloomington, was an associate dean of the faculties from 2000 to 2003 and has been chairperson of the Department of Anthropology since 2003.

"It is a privilege to join the 12 previous deans of the faculties who have served our academic community so wisely and well," she said. "Our office will continue to promote core academic values and provide fundamental support for our faculty throughout their careers. I see exciting opportunities to bring together faculty of diverse experience and imagination to develop the rich academic traditions of our campus. Our intellectual community has grown strong from shared commitments to both research and education excellence. It will endure through the myriad achievement of individual faculty as we each engage students to push the boundaries of knowledge into the future."

"Jeanne has the leadership and vision to continue the excellent work that Moya Andrews has done in the Dean of Faculties Office," said Kenneth R.R. Gros Louis, IU interim senior vice president for academic affairs and chancellor of the Bloomington campus. "Like Moya, she cares deeply about the faculty, and she will be a strong advocate for their issues."

A paleoanthropologist, Sept came to IU Bloomington from Harvard University in 1987 as an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. At Harvard, she had been a research associate, a teaching assistant, an instructor and a visiting lecturer since 1983. Her research interests focus on the archaeology of human origins in Africa, including the behavioral ecology and ancient diets of our ancestors. She was promoted to full professor in 2000.

Sept has won two Teaching Excellence Recognition Awards at IU in the Department of Anthropology. She has been an innovator and federal grant recipient in educational technology and has published and presented extensively on the topic. Her Web site was recognized as one of the best instructional sites by Archaeology magazine.

Sept pursued both undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of California at Berkeley, where she received her Ph.D. degree in anthropology in 1984.