Faculty Recognition

Dear members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, 

As we begin the 2020–2021 academic year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your resilience, drive, and vision in the face of extraordinary challenges. Your outstanding contributions are advancing the frontiers of knowledge in significant ways, while maintaining the highest standards of teaching and mentoring. I am grateful for all that you do for Dartmouth.

Despite these difficult times, it has been a productive year for our academic community, and I would like to recognize those faculty members who have been promoted or appointed to an endowed chair, as well as those who received awards or grants from the office of the Dean of the Faculty and from the centers and institutes (Leslie, Rockefeller, and Neukom) within Arts and Sciences. 

Please join me in congratulating those who have been appointed to an endowed chair:

  • David Kotz (Computer Science), Pat and John Rosenwald Professorship in the Arts and Sciences

In congratulating those who have been promoted to full professor:

  • Devin Balkcom (Computer Science)
  • Lorenzo Torresani (Computer Science)

In congratulating those who have been promoted to associate professor:

  • Wojciech Jarosz (Computer Science)

Each year we recognize those colleagues who have achieved great success in teaching or through an extraordinary act of scholarship or service. For the 2019–2020 school year, we celebrate:

  • Devin Balkcom (Computer Science), Dean of the Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentoring and Advising
  • Wojciech Jarosz (Computer Science), Karen E. Wetterhahn Memorial Award for Distinguished Creative or Scholarly Achievement

Scholarly Innovation and Advancement Awards provide flexible resources to support development of promising initiatives that would not be rapidly or routinely funded by other mechanisms.  This year we look forward to the promising work of:

  • Amit Chakrabarti (Computer Science), for "Algorithms for Verifiable Computation with Massive Graphs"

In addition to those awards and funds disbursed directly from the Office of the Dean of Faculty, the Faculty of the Arts and Sciences also has access to funding from a number of specialized centers and institutes. This year Leslie, Rockefeller, and Neukom funded the following colleagues and projects:

Neukom Institute for Computational Sciences CompX Faculty Grant Awards (2019–2020)

  • Bo Zhu (Computer Science) and Zi Chen (Thayer), "Intelligent Computational System for Automated Exploration and Identification of Design Space for Functional Mechanical Structures"

Neukom Institute for Computational Sciences CompX Faculty Grant Awards (2020–2021)

  • Wojciech Jarosz (Computer Science), "Computational Appearance Matching of Translucent Materials"

With best wishes,


Elizabeth F. Smith, Ph.D.
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Paul M. Dauten Jr. Professor of Biological Sciences