Adam F. Falk has been appointed interim dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University, effective Jan. 1.
Falk, a physicist and the school's dean of the faculty, will serve as interim dean until a replacement is named for Daniel Weiss, the current dean, who has been elected president of Lafayette College.
"Adam Falk is in a perfect position to maintain the momentum Dean Weiss has established in implementing the Krieger School's strategic plan," said William R. Brody, president of the university. "He has been Dan's right hand and has been integrally involved in all major decisions. Adam is a distinguished scientist and a proven leader."
As interim dean, Falk will be primarily responsible for the school's operation. Weiss will retain the title of James B. Knapp Dean and will work in partnership with Falk until he leaves to assume the Lafayette presidency on July 1.
"Dan will leave behind a senior leadership team as committed as he to the plans that we have developed, in collaboration with faculty, students and alumni, over the past three years," Falk said. "As interim dean, my highest priority is to maintain the momentum behind our existing initiatives, among them strengthening all aspects of the undergraduate experience, building and further diversifying our exceptional faculty, providing the state-of-the-art infrastructure that our students and faculty need and deserve, and deepening our already wonderful connections with our alumni."
Falk is a high-energy physicist whose research focuses on elementary particle physics and quantum field theory, particularly the interactions and decay of heavy quarks. He has been a member of the Johns Hopkins faculty since 1994, when he also was a National Science Foundation national young investigator. He was promoted to full professor in 2000. In 2002, he became vice dean of the faculty of the Krieger School under Weiss. His title was changed to dean of the faculty earlier this year.
A winner of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, Falk is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He graduated in 1987 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his doctorate in physics at Harvard University in 1991, winning six awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching while a graduate student.
Note: A digital picture of Adam Falk is available. Contact Dennis O'Shea.
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