Archive for Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Longtime KU professor Diana Carlin takes job at St. Louis University

March 2, 2011


A longtime Kansas University communication studies professor and former dean of graduate studies will leave KU for a new job at St. Louis University.

Diana Carlin will become SLU’s associate vice president for graduate education.

“It’s a very, very good university,” she said. “I was really kind of interested in one more challenge before I retire for good.”

Carlin, an expert on presidential debates, said she has been at KU for the last 24 years. It’s a place that gave her an undergraduate degree and her first graduate degree, and helped her out tremendously as a faculty member, she said. She served for seven years as dean of the Graduate School and International Programs.

“I hope I’ve given back to KU half of what KU’s given to me,” Carlin said.

She said she’ll be back in town from time to time and hopes to initiate ties with the strong KU alumni group in St. Louis.

In her new job, she will oversee a transition to a model for delivering graduate education that mirrors the system she oversaw at KU.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Carlin to the Saint Louis University community,” said Manoj Patankar, SLU vice president, in a news release. “She will be a great addition given her leadership history in graduate education.”

Carlin’s husband, Kansas Court of Appeals Judge G. Joseph Pierron, will retain his judgeship, she said.

“We’ll trade weekends,” Carlin said.


OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 1 month ago

Ummm... maintaining the second marriage only on weekends? How long do they think that will "work"?

jhawkinsf 7 years, 1 month ago

After many years of marriage, I'm sure they will handle it in an adult and mature manner. Good luck at the new job.

KU_cynic 7 years, 1 month ago

Most people at KU think she made a mess of the graduate school at KU, and many of the changes she was responsible for have been reversed or undone. She's been looking to leave KU for some time, but hasn't been able to get any other place to take her; Pittsburgh State and Missouri-Columbia turned her down for high profile positions, for example. Sure hope SLU knows what it's doing. I feel sorry for Joe being "left behind."

yourworstnightmare 7 years, 1 month ago

Agreed, KU_cynic. The Graduate School languished under Carlin. It was not her policies, but a lack thereof. She let the Graduate School languish when she should have been making changes to improve it (such as things that are being done currently e.g. integrating the research and graduate education missions of the university).

Unfortunately, it is my opinion that Carlin is an administrator just for the sake of being an administrator, a member of the perma-administrator class at KU.

Best of luck, SLU.

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