Finalists named for dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

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Four finalists for the position of dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences will visit campus and make open presentations in January and February.

Each finalist will deliver a 40-minute presentation about the challenges and opportunities that colleges of letters, arts and sciences at public universities will face in the next 10 years; how those challenges apply to the UCCS College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; and how they will address them as dean. Additionally, each candidate will speak to their style of leadership. The presentation will be followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session and a one-hour reception.

The dean directs the operations of the largest college at UCCS with nearly 5,800 students and 21 departments and programs. Rex Welshon, professor of philosophy, has served as interim dean since January 2019.

The finalists, their presentation times and locations are:

Headshot of Kate Drowne
  • Kate Drowne, 9-11 a.m., Jan. 21, University Center 303. Drowne is the interim vice provost and dean of the College of Arts, Science and Business, and professor of English, at Missouri University of Science & Technology. She was previously associate dean of the college; director of the Center for Science, Technology and Society; and director of the Missouri S&T Writing Center. Review Downe’s curriculum vitae (.pdf).

Headshot of Chris Chulos
  • Chris Chulos, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Jan. 27, University Center 116. Chulos is the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and professor of history, at Roosevelt University. He is also a permanent adjunct faculty member in history at the University of Helsinki. He was previously assistant vice president for institutional giving and director of corporate and foundation relations. Review Chulos’ curriculum vitae (.pdf).

Headshot of Monica Casper
  • Monica Casper, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Feb. 10, University Center 303. Casper is the associate dean of faculty affairs and inclusion for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and professor at the University of Arizona. She was previously department head for Gender and Women’s Studies at UA; professor and director of the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies at Arizona State University; director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and associate professor at Vanderbilt University, and associate professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Review Casper’s curriculum vitae (.pdf).

Headshot of Lynn Vidler
  • Lynn Vidler, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Feb. 20, University Center 116. Vidler is the associate dean for administration of the College of Arts and Sciences, professor of Spanish and the NCAA faculty athletics representative at the University of South Dakota. They were previously chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at USD; and associate dean for the international intellectual development division, program director of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages and professor at The United States Military Academy. Review Vidler’s curriculum vitae (.pdf).

Valerie Martin Conley, dean of the College of Education, chaired the 12-member search committee charged with reviewing candidates and recommending finalists of the permanent dean of the college. The committee included:

  • Erica Allgood, senior instructor of communication and director of the Communication Center
  • Bob Camley, distinguished professor of physics and director of the Biofrontiers Institute
  • Lisa Durrenberger, senior instructor of biology
  • Sam Frank, IT professional, Office of Information Technology
  • Cerian Gibbes, associate professor of geography and environmental studies
  • Leslie Ginsberg, professor of English
  • Jacqui Hatfield, director for finance and operations for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Zuleika Johnson, assistant director of development
  • Eric Nissen, associate director of marketing and eCommunications
  • Ron Ruminski, professor of chemistry
  • Kimbra Smith, chair and associate professor of anthropology
  • Glen Whitehead, associate professor of music and college co-director of the Bachelor of Innovation

Deborah Glynn, executive assistant to the dean of the College of Education, provided administrative support to the committee. The search firm Odgers Berndston aided in the process.

2 Comments on Finalists named for dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

  1. Why are all the official titles for folks mentioned in this article shown in lower case?
    This seems like yet another way to reduce the significance of their contributions.
    A review of similar announcements from the past, of the ten most popular articles from 2019, and from other schools of higher prestige indicates that titles are indeed still capitalized.

  2. Note to Ouiet Observer: I don’t believe the author intended to reduce the significance of anyone’s contributions. Rather they probably follow Associated Press guidelines, which call for all titles to be lowercase.

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