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  • Thursday, May 10, 2018
    As I familiarize myself with my new role as interim dean and transition out of previous roles as chair of African & African-American studies and director of the Hall Center for the Humanities, I am mindful of the opportunity to view the university, the College and higher education at large from a fresh perspective. I am eager to learn more about your successes and challenges. Already, I can see there are many bright spots and there are also areas where disorientation from leadership changes challenges our sense of stability.
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018
    April began with a celebration of graduate education, with the annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Graduate education is a crucial part of our mission as a top-tier research institution.
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    In the Dean’s Office this semester, our most frequent visitors have been faculty candidates. After years of continued budget cuts, it is exciting to see an uptick in hiring (almost 100% more than last year!), made possible by strategic decisions across the College.
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018
    College Outreach & Online Programs has three main priorities: online curriculum, recruitment, and co-curricular activities aimed at preparing students for success after graduation. By pulling our outreach and online activities together under one team with dedicated staff and resources, the College is in position to make progress in meeting students where they are.
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018
    When I think about what qualities make the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences the heart of KU, research sits atop that list. We are all connected by a desire to better understand the world around us. Research allows us to study subjects deeply and share that knowledge with others.
  • Monday, December 18, 2017
    More often than not, when things run smoothly in our departments and across the College, our success can be attributed largely to the work of staff. They are the stage managers behind the scenes, making sure we hit our marks and put our best face forward.
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017
    Across the College, amid our diverse needs and interests, we all share a few common and fundamental values and expectations. You all want to thrive in your professions, you want to see our students excel and you want to be supported by the College and the university in those efforts. While I am happy to note that in our anonymous feedback survey you shared many instances where you have noticed consistency in service or improvements, I also believe where we can find our greatest opportunities for growth are in the areas where we can do better. 
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    When we measure the success of our university, one of the key indicators is the success of our alumni. This is not a matter of whether they become rich and famous, but about their personal and professional growth and accomplishments.
  • Thursday, August 31, 2017
    Welcome back to a new year in the College! I am eager to share what the Dean’s Office has been working on for you over the past few months.
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017
    Dear College Community,

    The beginning of a new year is upon us, one filled with plans, potential and excitement. I am thrilled to see all of our students, faculty and staff preparing for a new chapter in their academic lives.