Hess, Kind Named Associate Deans

Professor Gregory D. Hess, the Russell S. Bock Professor of Public Economics and Taxation, and Amy L. Kind, associate professor of philosophy/religious studies, have been named associate deans of the faculty at CMC. Each will assume a three-year term of service beginning July 1.

Although both professors will be involved in a wide range of activities within the Dean of the Faculty’s Office, Hess’ focus primarily will be on faculty development issues, while Kind examines curricular issues.

The announcement follows the College’s recent selection of veteran CMC administrator Jerome Garris as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, effective July 1. (More about Garris’ selection: http://www.claremontmckenna.edu/news/pressreleases/article.asp?article_id=437).

Hess, currently on sabbatical, is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and earned master’s and doctorate degrees at The Johns Hopkins University. Prior to coming to CMC, he was the Danforth-Lewis Professor of Economics at Oberlin College and a lecturer at Cambridge University and fellow of St. John’s College. He has served as an economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C., and has been a visiting scholar at the Bank of Japan, the International Monetary Fund, and the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland, Kansas City and St. Louis. His teaching and research interests include macroeconomics, public finance, monetary policy, macroeconomics, and political economy.

Kind, a graduate of Amherst College, earned master’s and doctorate degrees from UCLA. Her research is primarily in the philosophy of mind, specifically on issues relating to consciousness, qualia and the imagination. Her articles on these topics have recently appeared in leading philosophical journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Studies, and Philosophical Quarterly. In addition to philosophy of mind, her other teaching interests include philosophy of language, metaphysics, and logic. This semester she is teaching the Gould Center seminar on Philosophy Through Science Fiction. She joined the CMC faculty in 1997.