Dr. Cora Marrett, Acting Director of the National Science Foundation, recently distributed a Dear Colleague letter announcing that NSF has initiated the process for selecting a new Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources.  The text of her letter follows:

We are initiating a national search for the National Science Foundation’s Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources (EHR) and seek your assistance in the identification of candidates.

The Assistant Director, EHR, leads a directorate comprised of four divisions: Graduate Education; Undergraduate Education; Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings; and Human Resource Development.  Attached is an information sheet that summarizes the directorate’s activities and the responsibilities of the position, together with the criteria that will be used in the search.  This letter, along with the attachment, are also available on the NSF Office of the Director Web page at http://www.nsf.gov/od.

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Dan Atkins, Kellogg Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan, will head the search committee. We seek your help in identifying candidates with the following qualifications: outstanding leadership; a deep sense of scholarship; a grasp of the issues facing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics research and education; and the ability to serve effectively as a key member of the NSF management team. We are especially interested in identifying women, members of minority groups, and persons with disabilities for consideration. Recommendations of individuals from any sector - academic, industry, or government - are welcome.

Please send your recommendations, including any supporting information that you can provide, to the AD/EHR Search Committee via e-mail (ehrsrch@lists.nsf.gov) or at the following address: National Science Foundation, Office of the Director, Suite 1205, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. We would appreciate receiving your recommendations by Friday, October 8, 2010.

Your assistance in this very important task is appreciated.

Cora B. Marrett
Acting Director