Minerva Schools at KGI Names Diane Halpern Dean of the College of Social Sciences

Founding Class Applications Accepted Through April 15, 2014

Jan 09, 2014, 08:30 ET from Minerva Schools at KGI

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Minerva Schools at KGI*, offering a reinvented university experience for the brightest and most motivated students from around the world, today announced the appointment of Dr. Diane F. Halpern as Dean of the College of Social Sciences, which completes the roster of deans for the Minerva School of Arts and Sciences. Minerva also shared the 16 concentrations that will be offered to students across the four colleges within the School of Arts and Sciences, and invited interested students to apply through April 15, 2014 for a spot in the Founding Class, matriculating in the fall of 2014.

"We are thrilled to welcome Diane, an internationally renowned educator and researcher, to the Minerva team," said Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn, Founding Dean. "Her expertise in the field of critical thinking will be invaluable as the Minerva Schools at KGI delivers a world-class education to the next generation of global leaders."

Dr. Halpern joins Minerva from Claremont McKenna College where she is the McElwee Family Professor of Psychology and Roberts Fellow. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Cincinnati and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work in the field of psychology is considered groundbreaking and pivotal, especially with respect to critical thinking, gender differences in cognition, and balancing work and family. She is a prolific author and editor with more than 20 books and hundreds of scholarly articles and other publications. She has won many awards for her teaching and research, including, most recently, the 2013 Association for Psychological Science James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research. Diane is a past president of the American Psychological Association, the Western Psychological Association, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and the Division of General Psychology. She has been identified as one of the "eminent women in psychology" in Agnes N. O'Connell's book, Models of Achievement, Reflections of Eminent Women in Psychology, Volume 3.

"I am excited to be joining the incredible group of academics at the Minerva Schools at KGI," said Dr. Halpern. "The Minerva model of education is built around the question of what today's students need to learn to be effective world citizens taking leadership roles in their communities. The curriculum is grounded in the science of learning and the emphasis is on mastering critical analysis, creative thinking and effective communication. For decades I have written about ways to enhance student learning. At Minerva, I will have the opportunity to extend my ideas into practice."

Deans are now confirmed at all four colleges within the School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Halpern joins Dr. Daniel Levitin, Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities; Dr. Eric Bonabeau, Dean of the College of Computational Sciences; and Dr. James D. Sterling, Director of Minerva Labs and interim Dean of the College of Natural Sciences. Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn, Founding Dean of the Minerva Schools at KGI, leads the School of Arts and Sciences.

The deans, who will teach the freshman cornerstone courses during the 2014 - 2015 academic year, are currently designing and finalizing the curriculum to be offered within the School of Arts and Sciences. Students will select from among 16 concentrations during their sophomore year.

The concentrations available in the Minerva School of Arts and Sciences include:

  • College of Social Sciences: Economics; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology
  • College of Natural Sciences: Applied Physics; Biology and Bioengineering; Chemistry and Pharmacology; and Environmental and Planetary Sciences
  • College of Computational Sciences: Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence; Data Science and Information Management; Bio- and Healthcare Informatics; and Mathematics, Statistics and Decision-Making
  • College of Arts & Humanities: Art and Commerce; Historical Trend Analysis; Philosophy, Ethics and the Law; and Rhetoric, Persuasion and Literature.

In addition, the Minerva School of Business at KGI will offer several concentration options.

Minerva is currently accepting applications for students interested in applying to the Founding Class, a small exclusive group of 15-19 students who will matriculate in fall of 2014 and provide input on everything from academics and internships to extracurricular activities and student life. Due to tremendous interest in the Founding Class, with applications from students from more than 75 countries around the world, Minerva is exploring whether it can open a second section of Founding Class students (an additional 15-19 students). Tuition for all members of the Founding Class will be waived. Students who apply between January 1, 2014 and April 15, 2014 will be evaluated and notified on a rolling basis, with all admissions decisions communicated by May 15, 2014.

About Minerva Schools at KGI
The Minerva Schools at KGI* offers a reinvented university experience for the brightest, most motivated students from around the world. Combining an interdisciplinary curriculum and rigorous academic standards, an accomplished faculty versed in the science of learning, an advanced interactive learning platform leveraging cutting-edge technology, and four years of immersive global experience, Minerva will deliver an exceptional liberal arts and sciences education for future leaders and innovators in every discipline. The Minerva Schools at KGI were established by KGI in alliance with Minerva Project. For more information please visit: http://minerva.kgi.edu      

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