The material in this collection is divided into two series. Series I includes the general files collected by the committee, such as agendas, minutes, advertising, letters to and from candidates, itineraries, and other types of correspondence and files related to committee work.
Series II includes the candidate’s files listed alphabetically and includes letters, resumes, etc. The original folders were marked with colored dots to indicate the following: Blue – Tier One – CV’s received prior to January 1, 1995; Red – Tier Two – CV’s received from January 1, 1995 to present; Green – Finalists (see General Correspondence File). This information was added to the archival folders by writing the color(s) of the dots on the front of the folders. Some of the folders had no colored dots and were designated as none of the archival folder.
There was no date indicated as to when the dots were applied. See the Meeting Minutes folder (1.15) for committee’s actions in selecting finalists.
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Biographical / Historical
The decision of Allen Matusow to return to teaching after 14 years as serving as dean of the School of Humanities at Rice University prompted the creation of a search committee to identify candidates to fill the post.
Under the directive of provost, David Auston, the committee was charged with conducting a national search, including candidates from Rice University. Edith Wyschogrod, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies acted as chair for the committee.
Stanford Professor Judith Brown was named the new dean on August 21, 1995.
She obtained her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and her Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University.