Adam Falk sees his job as interim dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences to
be not so much taking over as it is keeping going.
Falk stepped into the interim deanship Jan. 1 and will
serve until a replacement is named for Daniel Weiss, who
has been elected president of Lafayette College.
"Dan's leadership of the Krieger School has been
extraordinary, both in crafting a vision for the school and
in building a broad consensus around that vision," Falk
said. "Dan will leave behind a senior leadership team as
committed as he to the plans that we have developed, in
collaboration with faculty, students and alumni, over the
past three years.
"My highest priority," he said, "is to maintain the
momentum behind our existing initiatives, among them
strengthening all aspects of the undergraduate experience,
building and further diversifying our exceptional faculty,
providing the state-of-the-art infrastructure that our
students and faculty need and deserve, and deepening our
already wonderful connections with our alumni."
As interim dean, Falk — who was the school's
dean of the faculty — will be primarily responsible
for the school's operation. Weiss will retain the title of
James B. Knapp Dean and will work in partnership with Falk
until he leaves to assume the Lafayette presidency on July
"Adam Falk is in a perfect position to maintain the
momentum Dean Weiss has established in implementing the
Krieger School's strategic plan," said
President William R. Brody. "He
has been Dan's right hand and has been integrally involved
in all major decisions. Adam is a distinguished scientist
and a proven leader."
Falk is a high-energy physicist whose research focuses
on elementary particle physics and quantum field theory,
particularly the interactions and decay of heavy quarks. He
has been a member of the Johns Hopkins faculty since 1994,
when he also was a National Science Foundation national
young investigator. He became a full professor in 2000. In
2002, he was named vice dean of the faculty of the Krieger
School under Weiss. His title was changed to dean of the
faculty earlier this year.
A winner of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association
Excellence in Teaching Award, Falk is a fellow of the
American Physical Society. He graduated in 1987 from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his
doctorate in physics at Harvard University in 1991, winning
six awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching while a