College of Arts and Sciences Dean Mark Peceny took the helm of the university’s largest college just one year ago. A 20 year veteran in political science, Peceny said, “Our charge is to make the University of New Mexico a national leader by developing a flagship university educational model for the emerging American majority.”
Peceny said that in two years A&S has doubled the number of African Americans in tenure track positions in the college. They also increased the number of Hispanic and female faculty.
All together, A&S is adding 59 tenure track faculty and 12 new lecturers. An additional 12 lecturers were reassigned from other designations, particularly the professional staff in speech and hearing sciences, Peceny said, adding that every department gained either a tenure track faculty or lecturer.