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Peter Turner Named Dean of Arts & Sciences at Clarkson University

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Peter Turner has been named dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Clarkson University, effective April 1. Turner was currently interim dean of the school, as well as head of the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science.

"Dr. Turner brings several special qualities to the position of dean that will serve the school well," said University Provost Thomas C. Young, "including a demonstrated record of academic administrative leadership, distinguished scholarship as a mathematician, and leadership in outreach and collaboration through Clarkson’s well-recognized involvement as a provider of K-12/STEM learning enhancements to local/regional public school systems."pturner

Turner came to Clarkson in 2002 as division head for Mathematics and Computer Science, and in July 2008, he also assumed the post of interim dean of Arts and Sciences.

Prior to Clarkson, Turner served 28 years on the faculties of the University of Lancaster in England and, later, at the United States Naval Academy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield in 1973, and in the intervening years, Turner gained a reputation both for his scholarly contributions and for his innovative academic leadership.

With Turner as division head, Mathematics and Computer Science has made significant gains, as shown by increased research funding and output and strengthened undergraduate and graduate programs, including University approval of a Ph.D. program in computer science.

Turner has been especially successful with some outstanding faculty appointments, two of whom played the key advising role in the recent success of Clarkson undergraduate teams in the international COMAP contest in mathematical modeling. One team (sophomores) received an outstanding rating and was an overall winner, and the other three teams all received the second category meritorious rating.

Turner has published more than 50 archival publications in scholarly journals and conference proceedings, and has authored or edited several textbooks and research monographs. He has been responsible for over $1 million in external funding since coming to Clarkson.

Much of Turner’s funding has derived from the lead role he has played in several of Clarkson’s activities in educational outreach programs. Turner’s educational outreach activities have received wide recognition, too. For example, Turner was invited to be one of three New York State representatives at the first NSF-U.S. Department of Education Summit on Mathematics-Science Partnerships.

During his time at Clarkson, Turner has led the development of the new bachelor of science degree program in digital arts and sciences and the graduate minor in computational science and engineering.

Turner has served for many years in various capacities with the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). He was recently named inaugural editor-in-chief for SIAM Undergraduate Research Online, a new publication to highlight some of the best undergraduate research in applied mathematics from all parts of the world. Since January 2009, his service to SIAM has received further recognition by his appointment as vice president for education.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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