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 for Academic Programs

is responsible for:

  • Undergraduate and graduate academic programs
  • Undergraduate and graduate student issues
  • Diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Education Abroad

Research Associate Dean

is responsible for:

  • Grants and funding
  • Research and artistry tracking, representation, and committee work

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

is responsible for:

  • Strategic planning
  • Diversity and inclusion initatives
  • Faculty
  • Policies and procedures related to faculty
  • Facilities and spaces

Assistant Dean for Student Success

is responsible for:

  • CCA faculty development
  • Hiring/Equal Opportunity
  • Diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • New program initiatives
  • Career education
  • Academic Support Center

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

• communicate