Richard S. Falk


Professor Richard S. Falk has been named acting executive dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS).

A professor in the Department of Mathematics, Falk has been a member of the Rutgers faculty since 1972, following undergraduate work at Brown University and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University. He has received many years of National Science Foundation (NSF) funding, with a current grant for “Finite element methods for partial differential equations.”

Interim Rutgers President Richard L. Edwards said Falk’s many years as a faculty member plus his experience in several leadership positions at Rutgers, including as acting executive dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and acting dean of the Graduate School in the 2000-2001 academic year, make him uniquely qualified to serve in the SAS executive dean position.

“Clearly, Rick is well acquainted with SAS as well as with the broader university community, and we are fortunate that he has agreed to take on this additional responsibility at this critical time for the university,” Edwards said. “Those who have worked with Rick before know that he also possesses a keen mind, great intellectual curiosity, and a quiet but very well-developed sense of humor.”

A national search for the next executive dean of the School of Arts and Sciences will be conducted during the coming academic year.

The 2007 recipient of the Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award, given for outstanding scholarly achievement to a Rutgers faculty member who has also performed exceptional service to the university community, Falk is also a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

He is a past chair of the universitywide Committee on Academic Planning and Review (CAPR), and has been acting chair or chair of the SAS Department of Mathematics on several occasions.

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