Kansas University on Thursday tapped one of its up-and-coming administrators to lead the graduate school and international programs.
Diana Carlin, professor of communication studies and interim assistant provost, will replace Andrew Debicki as dean of the graduate and international programs.
Carlin, who has been at KU since 1987, begins her new job July 1.
"It's an exciting time for graduate studies," Carlin said. "We have a different type of graduate student now. They're not just going to graduate school to do research, but we still have that as well. We have to re-think what we're doing."
"It's also incredibly competitive for graduate students," she said. "We're not competitive with our stipends. There are some opportunities for fund-raising."
This academic year, Carlin has served in interim posts in the provost's office while administrators took sabbatical leave.
"Her various administrative experiences in the university have given her a solid overall perspective of the institution as a whole, and this preparation will serve her well," said Provost David Shulenburger.
Carlin, 49, joined KU's faculty as an instructor in communication studies. She became a full professor in 1999.
She has served on the Advisory Board Commission on Presidential Debates and was chairwoman of the Kids Voting project in Kansas.
Carlin, a native of Pittsburg, earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from KU and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.
Debicki plans to return to full-time teaching of humanities.
"Andrew Debicki is very highly respected and he's done an outstanding job," Carlin said. "I'm looking forward to being mentored by him."
Carlin's salary will be $94,111, according to the university relations office.