Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Tamar Gendler has announced that Larry Gladney will serve as FAS Dean of Science for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2022, pending the formal approval of Yale Corporation.
A member of the Faculty of Philosophy, Gladney is Professor of Physics and Phyllis A. Wallace Dean of Diversity and Faculty Development. During the fall term of 2022, Gladney will have dual roles as dean of science at FAS and dean for diversity and faculty development.
A renowned physicist working at the intersection of experimental particle physics and cosmology, Gladney has served since 2019 as the inaugural Phyllis A. Wallace Dean of Diversity and Faculty Development at FAS. Prior to joining FAS College, Gladney was appointed Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor of College Excellence in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Assistant Dean for Natural Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. During his stay in Penn, he served as President of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and President of the Faculty Senate. He has also been a member of numerous panels and committees for the National Science Foundation, NASA, and other federal agencies. An advocate of equity in education, Gladney was the principal and principal investigator of the Penn Science Teacher Institute and is actively involved in disseminating science. At FAS, Larry led efforts to increase faculty diversity through strategic recruitment approaches and has served on a number of university committees, including the Presidential Working Group on Diversity and Inclusion and the Rector’s Research Council.
Gladney’s research focuses on the fundamental connections between matter, energy, space, and time, and explores the accelerating expansion of the universe. To that end, he is currently involved in planning a mission for the Legacy Survey of Space and Time at the Vera C. Rubin Observatory, which promises to lead to new understandings of the history of our universe. Gladney is a member of the American Physical Society and has led projects for the BaBAR Collaboration, Fermilab and the Supernovae / Acceleration Probe simulation team, among many others.
“Larry Gladney is a brave, visionary science leader, ”Gendler said. “His revolutionary research has spawned new insights into the history of the cosmos, and he brings the same innovative approach to his work with professors. He is an exemplary university citizen who has had a profound impact on FAS culture and I am overjoyed to be able to continue working with him in his new capacity as Dean of FAS Science. ”
Gladney succeeds Jeffrey Brock, professor of mathematics at Zhao and Ji, who since 2019 has served in dual roles as dean of the FAS and dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Brock will now take up full-time work as dean of SEAS, which becomes an independent school from July 1st. In his dual role, Brock has led strategic planning efforts that have advanced the sciences not only at FAS, but throughout the university. He and Gladney worked closely together to build a culture of inclusion in SEAS and the FAS Department of Science. This joint effort has had a tangible effect, especially in the area of recruitment of teaching staff. Gladney and Brock will continue to work together in the coming years to foster ties between SEAS and the FAS science department.
“Larry has been an essential partner in creating an inclusive climate in which scientific excellence can flourish, ”Brock said. “I am delighted to lead the FAS Science Department during this period of exciting growth and I look forward to our future work together.”
Gladney said: “I am delighted to be taking on the role of FAS Dean of Science at this exciting time for science and engineering at Yale. I look forward to working with professors to enable the FAS Department of Science to continue to thrive and foster our ongoing ties with SEAS. ”
The FAS Dean of Science oversees the day-to-day well-being and medium- and long-term planning of departments in the FAS Department of Science (astronomy, chemistry, Earth and planetary sciences, mathematics and physics, as well as Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, and Molecular, cell and developmental biology). The Dean of Science also serves as a member of the FAS management team, and as a voting member on the committees that oversee the management of the FAS, including the FAS Board of Directors and the Faculty Resource Committee. A full job description is available on the FAS website.