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CAS Dean George Watson discusses the college's recent accomplishments and future initiatives, and welcomes new faculty members, at the State of the College address.
The University of Delaware's College of Arts and Sciences is committing $1 million to develop robust new initiatives to
improve diversity, Dean George Watson announced to applause from the
audience at his annual State of the College address on Sept. 29.
We have to move to action, and a lot of times, action takes
dollars, Watson said, adding that the funding will be a recurring
expenditure, not a one-time allocation. Its a major commitment, but
its important to us. It should be the cornerstone of our colleges
Planning is underway to develop specific programs for this effort, he
said. One initiative will be the development of a diversity assessment
and a robust plan of action to support the Universitys goals in such
areas as the recruitment of faculty and graduate students and the
appointment and empowerment of diversity advocates.
After the address, Watson said the goal of the new commitment is to
act as a driver at UD to address the longstanding challenge of diversity
on campus, particularly as it relates to race and ethnicity. CAS, he
said, is particularly qualified to take on this challenge.
The College of Arts and Sciences has the scholarly expertise to
serve as a shining beacon at UD, and to deliver not just ideas but
actions focused on people, projects and places that promote
understanding, critical thought and acceptance of difference. These will
be key in our strategic priorities to educate global citizens, bridge
opportunity divides and advance cultural understanding," he said.
He noted that the social sciences, a key area of strength for CAS,
emphasize the importance of analyzing issues through frameworks of
action, including how social justice, public service, cultural
understanding, well-being and unique methods for analyzing social
attitudes and behavior provide an effective lens for understanding
diversity in a constantly changing world.
We need to rethink our priorities and start paying closer attention
to understanding cultural differences, promoting culturally diverse
experiences and exposing students, faculty and staff to others with
diverse backgrounds so that when students come to UD, and when they
later graduate, they have developed as global citizens ready to make a
difference in the world, Watson said.
The State of the College event also highlighted numerous CAS
accomplishments in recent years and looked ahead to the ways we are
redefining what it means to be a student in the arts, the humanities,
the social sciences and the natural sciences, Watson told the audience.
He mentioned such initiatives as community partnerships in the arts,
including the Healing Arts project that provides artistic engagement to
childrens hospital patients and their families and the new
international visiting artist-in-residency program designed to promote
cultural understanding through art on the UD campus and in the
A recent humanities initiative, which Watson called exemplary, is the Colored Conventions project that
demonstrates work at the intersection of the classroom, the archive,
the digital realm and an engaged public. He also noted that a new
speaker series in African American material culture studies and public
humanities will bring a host of distinguished scholars to campus.
In the natural sciences, We work hard to ensure quality education
across foundational STEM disciplines, Watson said. Among other
projects, he cited the multimodal imaging center
an extension, now under construction, to the Life Sciences Research
Facility that will provide UD researchers with specialized imaging
capability known as functional MRI. And, he said, We are off to a great
running start on our neuroscience initiative, with great things
A few initiatives highlighted in the social sciences are this years
fifth-anniversary celebration of the Center for Political Communication
and innovative online programs including graduate education
certification in fashion and apparel studies and degree programs in the
School of Public Policy and Administration and in sociology and criminal
justice. We are committed to advancing strengths in research
methodology, data collection and analysis in the social sciences,
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Faculty, staff, students and friends of CAS gather to hear Dean George Watson discuss the "State of the College" in this year's address.
The State of the College event also introduced and welcomed 14 new tenure-track faculty members in CAS. They are:
Assistant professors in the Department of Art History Jessica L. Horton, who researches Native American, modern and contemporary art, focusing on themes of mobility, activism and ecology; and Jason Hill,
a historian of modern and contemporary American art and visual culture,
with a particular focus on photography, pictorial communication and
Associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry William Chain,
whose research group studies the synthesis of natural products that
possess interesting biological activity, with a particular interest in
the problem of cancer.
Assistant professor in the Department of English Sarah Wasserman,
who teaches courses in American literature from the 19th century until
today, literary theory, digital humanities and cultural studies.
Assistant professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies Sheng Lu,
whose research focuses on the economic and business aspects of the
global textile and apparel industry, including international trade,
trade policy and sustainability issues.
Assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science Benjamin Parrell,
whose work involves speech production, relating the physical movements
of the speech articulators (such as the lips, jaw and tongue) to their
underlying control at linguistic, motoric and neurological levels.
Assistant professors in the Department of Mathematical Sciences Douglas Rizzolo, who focuses on probability and stochastic processes with connections to combinatorics and statistical mechanics; Mahya Ghandehari,
who conducts research on non-commutative harmonic analysis as well as
combinatorics and who studies large networks such as Facebook; and Dominique Guillot,
who is interested in applications of mathematics and statistics to
climate science, in particular to the reconstruction of the climate of
Instructor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences Giovanna Fiorentino,
who as a temporary, full-time instructor at UD has taught classes
including algebra and statistics and pre-calculus (for business students
and for engineers).
Assistant professors in the Department of Music Philip Gentry,
who specializes in the history of music in the United States,
especially as it relates to race, gender and sexuality in the 20th
century; and clarinetist Christopher Nichols, whose research
interests include clarinet pedagogy, obscure clarinet recital and
chamber music literature, and clarinet audition literature for premier
U.S. service bands.
Assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations Benjamin Bagozzi,
whose research and teaching interests include environmental politics,
international political economy and the study of intra and international
Assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Liying Luo, whose research focuses on quantitative methods, demography, inequality and health disparities.