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New Associate Deans Join Administrative Team

Edward Gibson and Ann Bradlow, two veteran faculty members in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, are the newest members of the College’s administrative team.

Gibson began serving as the new associate dean for faculty on Aug. 1, replacing John Franks, who had held that role since 2010. Bradlow took on a newly created role – associate dean for academic initiatives – on Sept. 1.

Associate Dean for Faculty Edward Gibson

In his new administrative role, Gibson hopes to support faculty members’ research and teaching missions and help department chairs build vibrant intellectual communities across the sciences, humanities and social sciences.

“I aspire to be a voice for the faculty in the Office of the Dean, and to work closely with Dean Adrian Randolph to strengthen Weinberg College’s intellectual stamp on the university and to enhance faculty participation in governance and institution-building over the next several years,” said Gibson, adding that he feels a “strong sense of identification with the institution and its faculty.”

Gibson has been at the College for 21 years, joining the Department of Political Science as an assistant professor in 1994. He most recently served as that department’s chair.

A distinguished teacher and scholar, Gibson’s research interests cover a range of diverse issues, including federalism, party politics and democratization in Latin America. The author of three books, most recently the award-winning Boundary Control: Subnational Authoritarianism in Federal Democracies, Gibson was the first political scientist to earn a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation.

He is also a past winner of the university’s highest teaching award, the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence, as well as Weinberg’s E. Leroy Hall Award for Excellence in Teaching.

A former member of the Weinberg Tenure Committee, Gibson earned his bachelor’s degree in government and French literature from Clark University in 1977 and went on to earn three graduate degrees from Columbia University: a master’s degree in international affairs, and master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy.

Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives Ann Bradlow

As the associate dean for academic initiatives, Bradlow is charged with maintaining relationships with other Northwestern-based schools, centers and institutes; leading efforts to enhance teaching and research in the arts and sciences; and helping the College develop new ways of tackling pressing issues, including faculty diversity. She plans to leverage the interdisciplinary aspects of her own academic field to help the College build and execute a strategic plan that will allow it to capitalize on new opportunities in higher education’s evolving landscape.

“I am now thrilled to move into a new position on the Weinberg College leadership team where we can come together across the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences to think broadly and deeply about our joint role and common goals for the university and beyond,” said Bradlow, now in her eighth year as chair of the Department of Linguistics.

Before arriving on the Evanston campus in 1996 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory and joining the Department of Linguistics faculty in 1998, Bradlow earned bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of Chicago as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in linguistics from Cornell University.

A fellow of the Acoustical Society of America since 2008, Bradlow’s research interests include speech intelligibility, acoustics phonetics, speech perception cross-language and second-language speech perception and production.

A prolific researcher, Bradlow has earned nearly a dozen external grants, including funds from the National Institute for Deafness & Other Communication Disorders as well as Individual National Research Service Awards, and penned more than 40 articles for numerous scholarly journals and publications.

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