University of California, San Diego


February 6, 2007


SUBJECT:    Appointment of Dean Michael A. Bernstein to Tulane
University Post

I wish to extend my sincere congratulations to Michael A. Bernstein, Dean of Arts & Humanities and Professor of History, who was named today as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Tulane University.

Dean Bernstein has been a valued colleague during his tenure at UC San Diego and he will be greatly missed. He joined the UCSD Department of History in 1987 from Princeton University, where he had been a member of the faculty since receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1982. An economic historian, Dean Bernstein is an Affiliated Faculty Member in the Department of Economics, a member of the Science Studies Program Faculty, and an Advisory Board Member of the UCSD Women's Center. He served two consecutive terms as Chair of the History Department, from 1992 - 2000, earning his colleagues' respect for his steadfast dedication to improving the excellence of the department. He served the campus as Chair of the San Diego Division of the Academic Senate during 2003-2004, when he was highly regarded as a champion of shared governance and a strong advocate of UCSD at the system-wide level. He has served as Dean since fall 2005.

An accomplished scholar, Dean Bernstein's achievements have been recognized by fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center (as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow), the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association. His professional activities include memberships on the Executive Council of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics; the Executive Board of the California Faculty Coalition for Public Higher Education; the Editorial Board of the Journal of Economic History; and various committees of the American Historical Association, the American Economic Association, the Cliometric Society, the Economic History Society, and the Organization of American Historians. He is a superb teacher at both the undergraduate and graduate levels whose teaching was recognized by an Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award in 2001.

Dean Bernstein has agreed to continue in his role with UCSD through the end of the current academic year. Please join me in expressing our sincere appreciation to Dean Bernstein for his outstanding leadership of the Division of Arts and Humanities and his years of exemplary service as a member of the Department of History faculty, and in wishing him well in his new position at Tulane.

Marsha A. Chandler
Senior Vice Chancellor