The Dean of the College of Science reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and is the chief academic officer of the College of Science (COS). The main responsibilities of the Dean are:
- Shaping and driving the academic mission of the College of Science.
- Overseeing all the COS Academic Units.
- Overseeing all the undergraduate and graduate degree programs of the College.
- Overseeing all the research programs and research centers of the College.
- Hiring, supporting and maintaining strong faculty with superior teaching and scholarship achievements.
- Hiring, supporting and maintaining strong staff, research scientist, and postdoctoral fellows.
- All the Heads of the COS Academic Units report to the Dean of the College of Science.
- Overall supervision of the College of Science budgets.
- Increasing the diversity of the faculty and staff of the COS.
- Oversee and support the quality of faculty teaching and scholarship in support of student learning experiences.
- Oversee and support the College's facilities and quality of the academic programs.
Professional Interests, Experience and Expertise
Dr. Sophia Maggelakis was appointed Dean of the College of Science in May of 2010. She holds a Ph.D. in Computational and Applied Mathematics from Old Dominion University and was elected among the Faculty for the 21st Century for the Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL); one of the leading advocates in the United States for what works in building and sustaining strong undergraduate programs in the STEM disciplines. In her 20-year tenure at RIT, Dr. Maggelakis contributed significantly to the mission of the College of Science and the Institute. She founded and led the School of Mathematical Sciences (SMS) which is the largest academic unit of the College consisting of three undergraduate programs in Applied Mathematics, Computational Mathematics, and Applied Statistics, a graduate program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, and two research centers – the Center for Applied and Computational Mathematics and the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation. In 2008, she founded the Summer Mathematics Institute whose mission is to create collaboration opportunities with K-12 community and to be part of the national effort to develop mathematical sciences literate citizenry.
Dr. Maggelakis' research area is Mathematical Biology, specifically the mathematical modeling of biological mechanisms and processes, such as tumor growth, capillary growth, wound healing, and retinopathy. In this area, Dr. Maggelakis has published book chapters, refereed journal articles, and presented numerous papers at national and international conferences. Dr. Maggelakis is a recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching and Who's Who Among America's Teachers. She has led and implemented a program that revamped the delivery of the Science and Engineering calculus curriculum and significantly increased student success rates.
Dean Maggelakis is the founder of the Women in Science (WISe) program at RIT and servers as a mentor for the Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Group of Rochester. She continues to give motivational talks about mathematics and its applications to various groups. Under her leadership, the College of Science has developed a national presence in discipline-based science education research, distinguished by an inter-departmental structure that encourages and facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration. This led to the establishment of the Center for Advancing Science/Math Teaching, Learning and Evaluation (CASTLE), which was founded in 2013. There are only a handful of such centers nationwide.
Dr. Maggelakis is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honors Society, the Society for Mathematical Biology, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the American Mathematical Society, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Dean Maggelakis brings a commitment to collaboration as well as the enthusiasm and passion needed to make a difference. She has served RIT's campus in many ways. She has advised a number of graduate and undergraduate students, served as a member of the executive committee of the Academic Senate, on many advisory boards, and on numerous college and institute committees. Dr. Maggelakis was appointed to lead the RIT effort for the development of an articulation agreement between RIT and Nazareth College to enable qualified undergraduate students from science, mathematics, and engineering programs to pursue concurrent coursework in the Nazareth College Master of Science in Education degree. She was also appointed by the New York State Education Department Commissioner on the New York State Independent Panel to investigate what went wrong with the Math Regents standardized exam, that is a graduation requirement for all New York State high school students, and to make recommendations to the Board of Regents regarding improvements of the K-12 curriculum and its delivery.