Tsinakis named to post in College of Arts and Science

by Jessica Howard


Constantine Tsinakis, professor of mathematics and former associate provost for faculty affairs, has been named to the newly created position of executive dean of the College of Arts and Science, Richard McCarty, dean of Arts and Science, announced recently.

As executive dean, Tsinakis will be responsible for issues relating to faculty development, graduate education and research, and the repositioning of the College of Arts and Science in the international arena.

Tsinakis will also work with McCarty on faculty actions including recruitment, renewals, promotions and tenure.

"I am delighted that Constantine has agreed to join the Dean's Office in the new position of executive dean. He has a distinguished record of success at Vanderbilt as a scholar, teacher and administrator. I look forward to working closely with him in the coming years," said McCarty.

Prior to being named executive dean of the College of Arts and Science, Tsinakis served as associate provost for faculty affairs.

"Professor Tsinakis has a long and successful record as a faculty member and department chair in Arts and Science," said Provost Thomas G. Burish. "And he gained considerable experience in the Provost's Office in working with all the schools in University Central on various issues associated with faculty recruitment, appointment, support and promotion."

Since joining Vanderbilt in 1980 as assistant professor of mathematics, Tsinakis has served on a multitude of committees and positions. In recent years, he has served as professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics, member of the search committee for associate provost of information technology, member of the search committee for the dean for the College of Arts and Science and member of the computer science chair search committee.

Tsinakis is an expert in lattice theory, ordered structures and universal algebra. He has recently given invited lectures at national and international conferences, co-edited a special issue of the journal of Theoretical Computer Science and completed a series of research papers on algebraic residual structures written with current graduate students and Peter Jipsen, assistant professor of mathematics.

"Constantine's service to the University both in the classroom and the Provost's Office has been exceptional, and I am pleased he has accepted the new challenges now before him," said Chancellor Gordon Gee.

Tsinakis said he will continue to serve as chair of the International Affairs Committee, which was appointed by the Provost in January.

Tsinakis received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Thessaloniki in Greece and his master's degree in mathematics from the University of Houston before earning a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley. He spent one year as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Kansas before beginning his career at Vanderbilt.

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