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Jamshed Bharucha appointed Dean of Faculty

Posted 04/30/01

Jamshed Bharucha, Dartmouth's John Wentworth Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and currently the Deputy Provost, will become Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Dartmouth effective July 1, 2001.

As the Dean of the Faculty, Bharucha will oversee the Humanities, the Sciences, the Social Sciences, the interdisciplinary Programs and Graduate Studies. Together, these divisions comprise nearly 40 departments and programs in the Arts and Sciences with approximately 580 faculty members, including 355 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, teaching undergraduate and graduate students and conducting research.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is one of the four faculties of Dartmouth, the others being in the Dartmouth Medical School, the Thayer School of Engineering and the Tuck School of Business.

Bharucha succeeds Edward M. Berger, Professor of Biology, who has served as Dean of the Faculty since 1997 and now plans to return to full-time teaching and research.

In announcing the appointment, Dartmouth President James Wright said, "Jamshed has impressed us all with his commitment to the faculty and to the academic values of Dartmouth. The Dean of Faculty search committee advanced his name to me with great enthusiasm, which I certainly share."

Bharucha has been the John Wentworth Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences since 1997. He joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1983 as an Assistant Professor, becoming an Associate Professor in 1989 and a full Professor in 1995. He was appointed Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Social Sciences in 1997 and Deputy Provost in 2000. He is also a member of the Program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science and the Program in Electro-Acoustic Music.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar College, Bharucha also received a master's degree in philosophy from Yale University and a Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University.

Bharucha has taught courses ranging from Introductory Psychology to advanced courses in perception and cognition. His awards and honors include Dartmouth's Huntington Teaching Award.

He has conducted research in a variety of areas in the field of psychological and brain sciences, becoming particularly well known for his studies of how music is perceived. He has won numerous competitive grants for his work, published widely in peer-reviewed journals and given many conference presentations and invited lectures in his field both in the United States and abroad.

Bharucha has been a commentator on National Public Radio segments on music and the brain. His work has been featured in a Public Radio International program on how the human brain perceives music, and in articles on the same subject in The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, and Discover magazine.

He has also been a codeveloper, with both professional and student colleagues, of two software products for teaching: MindLab, a Macintosh program for picture-oriented experiments in psychology; and "DartNet," a neural net simulator for the Macintosh.

A member of a National Science Foundation advisory panel, Bharucha has been the editor of one academic journal, Music Perception, and consulting editor for another, Journal of Experimental Psychology. He has also been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford, Calif.) and a Fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies.

Bharucha has served on a variety of Dartmouth committees. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Foundation for Music Research. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of Vassar College, the Board of Directors of Alumnae and Alumni of Vassar College, and the Board of Directors of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.

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