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Carnegie Mellon Qatar Names Interim Dean
G. Richard Tucker of Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh Succeeds Chuck Thorpe
DOHA, QATAR—G. Richard Tucker, the Paul Mellon University Professor of Applied Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon, has been named interim dean for Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. Tucker succeeds Charles E. "Chuck" Thorpe, who has served as dean since the university joined Education City in 2004. The transition in leadership is under way, with Tucker assuming full responsibility as interim dean in August 2010.
"We are pleased to have someone with Dick's knowledge and enthusiasm to lead our Qatar campus as the interim dean," said Mark Kamlet, provost and executive vice president at Carnegie Mellon. "Dick has invaluable experience as a department head and active participant in so many parts of the university. His breadth of experience has already benefited the Qatar campus in several ways and we look forward to continued success in Qatar."
Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Tucker served as president of the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, D.C., and as professor of psychology and linguistics at McGill University. He has published more than 200 books, articles and reviews concerning diverse aspects of second language learning and teaching. In addition to his work in North America, Tucker spent five years working as a language education advisor for the International Division of the Ford Foundation in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.
Currently, Tucker serves as associate vice provost for education for Carnegie Mellon Qatar. In this position, he works with various university department heads to make sure the academic and student life experiences in Doha remain an extension of the high quality programs at the university's main campus in Pittsburgh, Pa. He also assists in recruiting and mentoring faculty, developing programs and minor courses of study, and promoting cross-campus student collaborations and exchanges.
"Dick is an excellent choice. He has lived extensively in the Middle East and around the world, developing educational systems. He has been coming to Doha for almost 30 years. He was a central part of the committee that planned our curriculum for Qatar. I count him as a scholar, a leader and a mentor; and I am sure that under his leadership Carnegie Mellon Qatar will continue its focus on academic excellence and community involvement," Thorpe said.
"Ever since we began offering classes at Education City in 2004, I have felt Carnegie Mellon Qatar is an integral part of the global Carnegie Mellon community. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work on a day-to-day basis with our talented and committed students, staff and faculty in Qatar," Tucker said. "I see my major task as empowering good folks to continue their good work so that we continue to offer the highest quality educational experience to our students."
After joining the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1992, Tucker became head of the Modern Languages Department in 1995 and held that post for 12 years. Under his leadership the department prospered, earning a reputation as one of the university's strongest teaching units. In 2003, he was named the Paul Mellon Professor of Applied Linguistics and in 2006 he was named a University Professor, the highest distinction a faculty member can achieve at Carnegie Mellon. Tucker received the university's Doherty Award for Sustained Contributions to Excellence in Education in 2007. During the 2008-09 academic year, he served as the interim dean of Student Affairs for the university.
Pictured above is G. Richard Tucker, the Paul Mellon University Professor of Applied Linguistics and interim dean of Carnegie Mellon Qatar.