Cornell Bowers College of Computing and Information Science
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Blume appointed inaugural associate dean for academic affairs

June 26, 2023

Lawrence Blume, the Distinguished Arts and Sciences Professor of Economics and professor of information science, has been named the inaugural associate dean for academic affairs for the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science beginning July 1, 2023.

During the three-year term, Larry will oversee academic affairs in the college related to faculty and academic staff. Primarily, this will include managing tenure and promotion cases, reviews and reappointments, and other academic affairs.

“Larry is an outstanding member of the faculty and brings significant research, teaching, and administrative leadership experience to this new and important role for the college,” said Kavita Bala, dean of Cornell Bowers CIS. “Having worked with him closely this past year, I have full confidence he will contribute immensely in this new position.”

Blume received a B.A. in economics from Washington University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He was one of the general editors of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd edition, to which he contributed several articles on economic theory. Blume is also a fellow of the Econometric Society, a visiting research professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna (IHS), and has been a member of the external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute, where he served as co-director of the Economics Program and on the institute's steering committee.  He also served as chair of Cornell’s Department of Economics. 

“It is an exciting time in the college, and I’m honored to accept this role and to work closely with faculty,” said Blume. “This role presents an incredible opportunity to shape the academic landscape and ensure Cornell Bowers CIS remains a leading academic institution.”

In addition to his administrative duties as associate dean for academic affairs, he will continue in his leadership role as the Charles F. and Barbara D. Weiss Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Information Science. He will also continue to teach and conduct research in general equilibrium theory and game theory, as well as in income and wealth distribution and network design.

Blume has been serving as interim associate dean for education for the 2022-2023 academic year while Claire Cardie, the Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering in the departments of computer science and information science, was on sabbatical.