Dean Daniel Hastings Appointed to Green Education Professorship

Fran Marrone, Senior Administrative Assistant, DUE

Dean Daniel HastingsIn recognition of his commitment, service and scholarship to the Institute, Dean Daniel Hastings will hold the Cecil and Ida Green Education Professorship effective July 1. This endowed professorship is particularly significant as Dan is only one of three recipients of the chair since its establishment in 1974. The first recipient was Seymour Papert, a pioneer of Artificial Intelligent and the use of computers in learning, followed by Margaret MacVicar, the founder of UROP and MIT’s first Dean for Undergraduate Education. The Cecil and Ida Green Professorship in Education is one of nine distinguished chairs the Greens endowed at MIT.

In addition to being Dean for Undergraduate Education, Dan holds a dual appointment as Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Engineering Systems Division. Previous to his appointment as Dean in 2006, Dan served as the Director of the Engineering Systems Division (ESD). Current Interim ESD Director and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Joseph Sussman, put forth Dan’s nomination to Dean Ian Waitz of the School of Engineering who, in turn, passed along his own endorsement to the Provost.

Dan’s selection was based on his scholarship, service, national leadership in his field, as well as other contributions to the Institute. In the nomination, Director Sussman noted that, “As Director of ESD, Dan focused considerable attention on the educational side of ESD’s programs and put considerable energy and thought into our graduate programs, the coordination and rationalization of our masters programs as well as ESD’s first foray into doctoral level education.”

Sussman added that as Dean, Dan is “among the senior MIT officials most concerned with and responsible for undergraduate education. And the job could not be in better hands.” Sussman also praised Dan’s “extraordinary record of public service highlighted by his spending several years as the Chief Scientist of the Air Force. “

Reflecting on the meaning of the chair, Dan noted, “I am extremely grateful that my colleagues in ESD and the Dean of Engineering nominated me for this chair. It is a great honor to follow in the footsteps of Margaret MacVicar. Margaret made a big impact as the first Dean for Undergraduate Education. MIT and DUE is a much better place for the legacy she left and the programs she created.”

Dan added that he plans “to use the chair to focus on the value of education at MIT. I am proud of the fact that in a research university we care so much about education.”