August 28, 2009 - St. Paul, Minn. - Professor Kendrick Brown is the new Associate Dean of the Faculty at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. Brown, who has taught psychology at Macalester since 1998, began his responsibilities August 17.
In appointing Brown to the position, Provost and Dean of the Faculty Kathleen Murray said, "His knowledge of Macalester, strong leadership skills, and calm guidance make him a valuable asset to the academic affairs team.” He has been at Macalester for 11 years, serving as chair of the Psychology Department, and chair of the Educational Policy and Governance Committee.
Brown, who received his PhD from the University of Michigan and completed his undergraduate work at Mount Union College, is a social psychologist. Through his research he’s examined interracial friendships and skin tone bias in the United States and Japan.
“When I first came to Macalester, I was looking for the balance between research and teaching,” Brown said. “Now, as I begin this new role at Macalester, I’m looking forward to the challenge of maintaining academic initiatives that work well and improving those that could better benefit faculty, students, and the college as a whole.”
In his new role, Brown will coordinate Macalester's assessment initiatives and academic department reviews; secure external reviewers for faculty pre-tenure, tenure, and promotion cases; administer the student-faculty summer research collaboration program and the Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows program.
This fall, Brown will also teach the course “Understanding and Confronting Racism.”
Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,858 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.