KU names University of Maryland psychology prof as third finalist for CLAS dean

Kansas University has named the third of four finalists for dean of its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Carl Lejuez, professor of psychology and associate dean of research for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at University of Maryland-College Park, will make a public presentation from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Malott Room in the Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd.

Lejuez’s research interests cover addictions, personality pathology and mood disorders, with the goal of developing new assessment and treatment strategies, according to a news release from KU.

Following a one-year appointment as assistant research professor at Brown University, Lejuez joined Maryland in 2011 and has been an associate dean there since 2013. He is founder and director of Maryland’s Center for Addictions, Personality and Emotions Research and serves as administrative director at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology in 2000 from West Virginia University.

KU students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the presentation and provide feedback.

Candidates Walter Hawthorne, professor and chair of the Department of History at Michigan State University, and Mark P. Jones, professor of political science and the Jamail chair in Latin American studies at Rice University, visited campus last week.

The final CLAS dean candidate, not yet named, has a presentation scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at the Union. The theme for all is “21st Century Challenges to Liberal Arts and Sciences (and how KU will address them).”