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New Dean for Academic Affairs at Bowdoin

Story posted May 15, 1999


May 28, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Craig A. McEwen has been named to a one-year appointment as dean for academic affairs at Bowdoin College. McEwen succeeds current dean Charles Beitz on July 1 and will serve until a national search next year results in a permanent appointment to the post. Beitz steps down to return to teaching after serving eight years as dean. He will take a yearlong sabbatical, then return to teach in Bowdoin's government department.

McEwen is the Daniel B. Fayerweather Professor of Political Economy and Sociology. He joined the faculty in 1975 as an assistant professor and within a year began serving as a pre-law advisor for Bowdoin students, a role he continues to play.

He was named full professor in 1987. He has served as assistant dean, as acting dean of the faculty, as a four-time chair of the sociology and anthropology department and as acting director of the Africana studies program.

A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., McEwen is a Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of Oberlin College. He earned master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University, where he was a research associate in the Center for Criminal Justice in the Law School.

McEwen has researched the use of mediation as an alternative to court-mandated agreements. He is a national leader in the movement to find more personal, expedient and cost-effective ways to resolve disputes outside the traditional court system. His book, "Mediation: Law, Policy, Practice," co-authored with Nancy Rogers, is a widely used resource, and he has provided consultation for several court systems on issues of court reform.

He was a key participant in the Commission on Residential Life, which examined important issues concerning the lives of Bowdoin students, including the role of fraternities and College houses.

His professional dedication, while rooted at Bowdoin, extends well beyond the immediate community. McEwen serves as a reviewer for the Civil Justice Research project; on the editorial board of the American Bar Association; on the editorial advisory boards of "Law & Society Review," "Legal Studies Forum" and "Negotiation Journal;" as a consultant for the National Center for State Courts; as member of the Advisory Committee on State Correctional Facilities Improvement, which included a study of the Maine Youth Center; and as a consultant for the Coalition on Death and Dying.

McEwen will receive the 1999 Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff at Reunion Convocation this June, for his outstanding service to Bowdoin, notably for his role in the Commission on Residential Life, and for his years as a vibrant presence in the classroom and in the day-to-day life of the campus.

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