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  • 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.
  • 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.