Associate dean of faculty affairs for the College of Science appointed


The College of Science is pleased to announce the appointment of professor Pearl Sandick from the Department of Physics & Astronomy as the new associate dean of faculty affairs in the College of Science, effective July 1, 2019.

Sandick, associate professor of physics and astronomy, is a theoretical particle physicist whose research focuses on exploring theories of “new physics” that extend the Standard Model of particle physics to explain phenomena like dark matter. She recently served as associate chair of the department. She received an Early Career Teaching Award from the U in 2016.

In her new role, Sandick will assist with strategic hiring initiatives; devise and refine cross-college guidelines for the retention, promotion and tenure reviews for both tenure- and career-line faculty; devise and implement guidelines for faculty mentoring; develop a strategy for the college’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

She is committed to organizations that support women in physics. She has served on the American Physical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Physics and was recently the chair of the National Organizing Committee for the APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics. Locally, she is the founder and faculty sponsor of the U’s chapter of Women in Physics and Astronomy.

Sandick earned a doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 2008 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Weinberg Theory Group at the University of Texas at Austin before joining the U in 2011.

To read more about Sandick, see the article on pages 6 and 7 from the current issue of the Spectrum.