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Dean's Messages

  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020
    Dear College Community,
  • Thursday, February 20, 2020
    Last week, we sent out a call for nominations to serve on the College’s governance committees. I am writing to encourage all faculty to review these opportunities and consider serving.
  • Monday, February 3, 2020
    Dear Colleagues:

    With concerns about the novel coronavirus prominent in the news, it is understandable that people may be feeling fearful. There are many ways to stay safe and prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as recommendations shared by Watkins Health Center, found at https://studenthealth.ku.edu/coronavirus.
  • Friday, January 17, 2020
    Dear Colleagues:

    Given a continuing budget deficit and a new budget model, my most pressing duty is to ensure efficient, effective and strategic use of our limited resources. There are no easy choices to meet our budget deficit, which stands at about $1 million left.
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020
    Dear Colleagues:

    I am sharing news of a departure in our leadership team. Joy Ward, our associate dean for research in the sciences, was named today as the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She will leave her role as associate dean by the end of February as she makes the transition from KU to this new opportunity.
  • Friday, December 13, 2019
    The end of the semester and the anticipation of the holidays gathered around the winter solstice produce a time of contrasts at the university.
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019
    Quantitative training is integral to many of the graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Such training is a current and critical need across the natural, behavioral, and social sciences, and may become increasingly important for training in the humanities as well in the future.
  • Thursday, November 7, 2019
    Dear Colleagues:

    I write to share an update regarding our Dean’s Office leadership team. Nicole Hodges Persley, our associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), has accepted a position as an associate professor at University of Missouri-Kansas City and will leave her current roles at KU at the end of the fall semester.
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    As we move into the heart of the Fall 2019 semester, we are preparing for the transition to the Provost’s new Priority-Centered Management (PCM) budget. This will be the first time that the performance of academic units within KU will be used to make budget adjustments in the coming year.
  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019
    Based on recommendations from the Dean’s Staff Advisory Board, the College is excited to announce the creation of the College Staff Excellence Awards. Each year, the College will hold a staff recognition reception at which we will announce awards of $1,250 to two exceptional College staff members. This year’s recognition ceremony will be Thursday, November 21 at 3:00 pm.