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"A student who joins
our college joins a college deeply committed to their success," College of Arts and Sciences Dean John A. Pelesko said at the 2019 State of the College event.
of Arts and Sciences Dean John A. Pelesko delivered the State of the College
address this year from a new perspectivenot just as a faculty member and
administrator but also as a first-time UD parent.
you step into that role, that of a parent helping their child choose the place
where theyll spend four life-shaping years, you see a college like ours in a
whole new light, Pelesko told faculty and staff attending the Oct. 24 event,
which also welcomed 44 new faculty members.
parent looking at the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) will first and
foremost see a college that is deeply committed to the success of its
students, Pelesko said.
described that commitment as evident in everything a new student experiences,
beginning with New Student Orientation, when CAS students this year met with the
specific adviser who would get to know them and guide them through the next two
the recent expansion of the colleges student advising staff, Our students are
in good hands from Day One, Pelesko said.
he said, one of the first classroom experiences for all UD students, regardless
of college or major, is in CAS, where they take English 110 and develop writing
skills theyll use during the next four years and throughout their lives. The
colleges faculty lead classes that focus on such foundational skills for
students across the University as verbal communication, creative expression,
quantitative reasoning, scientific reasoning and critical thinking.
in CAS benefit from innovative approaches to teaching and learning, Pelesko
said, including problem-based, team-based and field-based experiences.
of the classroom, he noted, the colleges students might participate in such
activities as athletics or the UD Marching Band, complete internships
(three-quarters of CAS students do so), take part in undergraduate research or
student who joins our college joins a college deeply committed to their success
and one which provides them with a wealth of opportunities inside and outside
of the classroom, Pelesko said.
all these student experiences dont happen in a vacuum, he said, CAS is also
committed to collectively defining and creating a culture of inclusive
excellence that values and engages every student.
single student at the University of Delaware passes through our [colleges]
classrooms, and so we bear a unique responsibility to define the culture of
inclusive excellence for the entire campus, he said.
students also find that they are part of a community that extends beyond the UD
campus to encompass regional, national and even global communities.
colleges community realizes that the work we do in the arts, the sciences,
the humanities and the social sciences not only can be shared but must
be shared if we are to truly help our students create a better world,
told the audience that the commitments to student success, inclusive excellence
and community engagement are only made possible by outstanding staff and
faculty who are building a community of scholars at the highest levels of
students, Pelesko said, study with a faculty that includes six Alison
Professors (UDs highest faculty honor), more than 50 who hold named chair
appointments and an incredible array of young scholars who have joined the
college as it continues to build its scholarly expertise.
forward, he said, the college must continue to grow, maintaining its core
disciplinary strengths while also embracing emerging new fields of knowledge
and interdisciplinary approaches to enable students to meet todays and future
I can say,
without equivocation, that there is no group to whom Id rather entrust my
childs education than to the group that we call the College of Arts and
Sciences, Pelesko said. And today, we celebrate and welcome a fantastic group
of new faculty members to this community.
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The college has previously announced several leadership
changes, including new department chairs, which were
effective Sept. 1.
At the State of the College event, Pelesko
introduced the new leadership and welcomed 44 new faculty members in the
Associate in Arts
The Associate in Arts program, with
locations in Wilmington, Dover and Georgetown, has added six new faculty
members. They are Assistant Profs. Sarah Vigliotta and Brad Thompson, who both
teach mathematics, Dwight Higgin,
psychology, Robin Kucharczyk, chemistry, and Lawrence Livingston, Africana
studies and world religions, and Instructor Sean Tandy, history. In addition to
their teaching roles, Kucharczyk will serve as faculty coordinator and
Livingston as student support services coordinator, both for the Wilmington
Five faculty members have joined the newly
named School of Music. They are Prof. Mark Clodfelter, Associate Profs.
Guillaume Combet and Elias Goldstein and Assistant Profs. Heidi Lucas and
Elicia Silverstein. Combet, Goldstein and Silverstein are violinists, adding
three new members to the strings faculty.
the Deans Office, Murray Johnston has accepted a permanent appointment as
associate dean for the natural sciences, after serving an interim role in that
in the natural sciences, Velia Fowler is the new
chair of Biological Sciences, joining UD this past January from The Scripps
Research Institute. In the Department of Psychological and Brain
Sciences, Tania Roth, a behavioral neuroscientist and one of UDs Mangone
Scholars, has accepted appointment as department chair.
New faculty in the natural sciences include
Prof. Ivan Todorov and Instructors Nelson Brittingham and Amanda Seiwell, all
in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Assistant Prof. Alexei Kananenka
has joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Assistant Profs. Jodi
Hadden-Perilla and Jeffrey Mugridge are new members of the Department of
Chemistry and Biochemistry. Also joining the college in the natural sciences
are Assistant Prof. Rebecca Tollan in the Department of Linguistics and
Cognitive Science and Assistant Prof. of Instruction David Raden and Assistant
Prof. Molly Sutherland, both in the Department of Biological Sciences.
New leadership in the humanities includes Alison Parker, who joined the
Department of History as department chair from SUNY Brockport. A scholar in African
American womens history, she has research and teaching interests at the intersections
of gender, race, disability, citizenship and the law in U.S. history.
Department of Art History, Sandy Isenstadt has accepted the role of department
chair. A specialist in the history of modern architecture, he has been a
long-time leader in material culture studies at UD. In the Department of
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Meredith Ray has accepted appointment as
interim chair. A specialist in medieval and Renaissance Italian literature, she
has served as chair of the departments Italian section.
Also in the humanities, Assistant Profs. Mary
Bowden and Brooke Stanley have joined the Department of English, and Assistant
Prof. Geoffrey Bil is a new member of the Department of History. Three new
faculty members have joined the Department of Art Conservation: Assistant
Profs. Joelle Wickens and Nina Owczarek and Instructor Madeline Hagerman.
Marcaline Boyd is a new assistant professor in the Department of Languages,
Literatures and Cultures, and Associate Prof. Cheryl Hicks has appointments in
both Africana studies and history.
In the Deans Office, Dan
Smith of the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration is
serving as the acting associate dean for the social sciences this academic year
while Senior Associate Dean David Wilson is on sabbatical.
in the social sciences, Julio Carri??n is the acting department chair of Political Science and
International Relations during David Redlawsks sabbatical.
New social sciences faculty include Associate
Prof. Sarah Bruch, Assistant Profs. Gregory Dobler and A.R. Siders and Prof.
Kimberley Isett, all in the Biden School. Dobler also has an appointment in the
Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Joining the Department of Communication are
Prof. Amy Bleakley, Assistant Prof. John Crowley and Instructor Tara Smith. The
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice has welcomed Assistant Profs.
Sarah DeYoung and Shawna Vican and Associate Prof. of Practice Monica Sanders.
Assistant Prof. Adriana Gorea has joined the Department of Fashion
and Apparel Studies, and the Department of Political Science and International
Relations has welcomed Assistant Prof. Vladimir Medenica and Associate Prof. Joanne Miller,
who has a dual appointment in Psychological and Brain Sciences. Joining the Department
of Anthropology and the Disaster Research Center is Assistant Prof. Jennifer
by Ann Manser; photos by Andre Smith
Oct. 28, 2019