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  • Thursday, March 28, 2019
    As most of you already may be aware, I will be leaving the University of Kansas at the end of this academic year to begin an appointment as the Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University.
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    At the end of last semester, I made a request to Interim Provost Carl Lejuez to shift my appointment from interim to permanent dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.  I pursued this as an effort to not only gain some predictability regarding my own position, but also to offer greater stability to t
  • Thursday, December 13, 2018
    As the Heart of KU, we play a significant role in the success of our university and its faculty, staff and students. I can be most effective if I learn directly from those groups what are the most pressing opportunities and challenges for our College.
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018
    What are we doing for our staff? Over the past eight months as your interim dean, this has been among the most pressing questions I have sought to explore.
  • Monday, October 29, 2018
    Below is a message that the campus Office of Diversity and Equity sent via social media on Friday. I am sharing it (in italics immediately below).
  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    I was honored to deliver this year’s State of the College address. The work occurring across our College is incredible, and I enjoyed the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate your efforts. We remain leaders on our campus in terms of student success, research excellence, and diversity, equity and inclusion. Your individual efforts make our collective success possible – thank you.
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    In less than a week, I will be sharing with our College community a broad array of updates at our third annual State of the College. I appreciate this opportunity to discuss our College’s progress, how we are continuing momentum on initiatives started before my tenure, and how we are navigating new challenges. I am also eager to learn from our faculty, staff and students what issues are of most importance to you.
  • Thursday, August 30, 2018
    The bustle of a new academic year is upon us. Our campus is filled with students, new and familiar. Colleagues are sharing updates from their summer, whether it’s an advancement in their research or highlights from a vacation. And we are all beginning to settle into the routines of academic life, with classes to teach, events to arrange, meetings to attend, and myriad other logistics to attend to.
  • 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.