The Role of a Dean's Office

The College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office explained.

Because of our easily accessible location on the northwest side of Clark C, we in the dean’s office, get a lot of different questions. From "When is commencement?" to "Where is Clark B?".

Our front office staff are happy to answer all of the questions, but we do more than direct people to where they want to go. The dean’s office facilitates the functions and goals of the College at large.

The primary role of the dean’s office is to direct a 21st century liberal arts education through learning, scholarship, and engagement.

To accomplish that, the dean's office:

Provides strategic direction
to the departments and units
within the College

Supports the College's
people and programs

Assists in the daily
function of the College

The core activities of the dean's office


Learning, scholarship, and engagement in the classroom and beyond.


The dean's office leadership team


is responsible for:

  • Strategic direction of the college
  • Oversight of departments and units

Senior Associate Dean

is responsible for:

  • Faculty
  • Policies and procedures related to faculty
  • Hiring/Equal Opportunity
  • Diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Facilities and spaces
  • New program initiatives

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

is responsible for:

  • Undergraduate academic programs
  • Undergraduate student issues
  • Career education
  • Recruitment
  • Academic Support Center
  • Diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Education Abroad

Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Affairs

is responsible for:

  • Graduate academic programs
  • Graduate student issues
  • Grants and funding
  • Research and artistry tracking, representation, and committee work

strategize  •  assist  •  facilitate •  guide  •   organize  •  recruit  •  coordinate  •  implement  •   lead  •  teach  •  support  •  advise  •  fix 

• communicate


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Promoting an event or class, communicating with alumni, storytelling, or PR
Fundraising and donors
Grants and research funding
Undergraduate advising

Contact the CLA Academic Support Center 

Undergraduate recruitment
Printing in CLA labs
Faculty awards

Contact Carol Busch

Commencement and other college-wide events
Facilities and classroom spaces

Contact Magdeline Golnar (general questions)

Alex Bernasek (relocating and space needs)