Alcalá View 1989 6.3

New arts and sciences associate dean has the right chemistry By Jacqueline Genovese

Making the transition from teaching to administration won't be easy for the basketball affecionado, who will be teaching one class a year. "I already miss the students ," he admits. "As as- sociate dean, I do have student contact, but it' s not the day-to-day kind of relationship that you build in the class- room. I really like taking a class from the beginning of a semester and watch- ing them grow and learn. When that . proverbial lightbulb goes off and thei.r eyes light up when they understand a difficult concept, that is really reward- ing." Although he will miss certain aspects of teaching, Dr. Malachowski looks forward to helping shape the fu- ture of a university he feels is quite unique. "In 1984, when I came to USD, I was struck by the sense that anything was possible. There was, and still is, a sense of openess among the faculty about team teaching and cross-dis- cipline research that I find very intel- lecutally appealing," the 33-year-old ad- ministrator says. As associate dean he hopes to help new faculty realize the options avail- able at a university that stresses teach- ing and teamwork over research and egoism. "I want faculty members to un- derstand what is available here for them, and then help them get involved in what they like," he says . In addition to faculty development, Dr. Malachowski's duties will include working with interdisciplinary initia- tives evaluation of curriculum policy and ~hange, the Honors Program and in- ternationalization of the curriculm. (Continued on page 2)

Whether he is in the classroom, on the basketball court or in the lab, Dr. Mitch Malachowski adheres to one philosophy: "If you are goin~ ~o do something, do it right. Be willmg to give it your best shot." Dr. Malachowski is applying that philosophy to his new duties as as- sociate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a post he assumed in Septem- ber. "I had no grand designs to become associate dean," the friendly chemistry professor admits. "If you had told me five months ago I was going to be as- sociate dean, I would have thought you were nuts!" Even though the associate deanship comes as a mild surprise, Dr. Mala- chowski certainly seems well-equipped for the job. The Rhode Island native honed his administrative and leadership skills in 1988 as chair of the Acadmic Assembly for the College of Arts and Sciences. "As chair I dealt with all dif- ferent aspects of the university, and gained a broader view of the college from a perspective outside of my department," he explains. . As a member of the search commit- tee for the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Malachowski gained an insider's view of what new Dean Pat Drinan hopes to accomplish during his tenure. "During the interview process, I was able to hear Pat talk about his goals as dean and where he thought the college should be going," Dr. Malachowski explains, "and I feel comfortable with Pat's goals and per- sonal style." USD Employee Newsletter

Dr. Mitch Malachowski November 1989

Vol. 6, No. 3

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