Dean's Memos

Please submit information to be included in future memos from the dean to Deborah Hill, Associate Dean for Communications at Trinity College of Arts & Sciences.

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Memo from the Dean - 6/23/2015 - Social Sciences

Summary of the accomplishments of the Social Sciences Division, including extensive public scholarship. Specific recognition for Meier, Moffitt, Caspi, Streib, Harris, Glymph, Bennett and Thomas. Highlighting the depth of faculty expertise in race, inequality, gender, sexuality and difference, with specific recognition for Neal, Darity, African & African American Studies, and Women's Studies. Overview of faculty hires during Patton's term, and hires with expertise in global asia. Recognition for the Service Learning program, and its impact on undergraduates.

Memo from the Dean - 6/9/2015 - Humanities

Summary of accomplishments of humanities departments and faculty, including Humanities Writ Large, language initiatives, signature courses, Forum for Scholars & Publics, improvements in student recruitment and advising in the humanities, and humanities programming options.

Memo from the Dean 4/20/2015 - Budget Update

Update on A&S budget for 2015/2016.

Memo from the Dean 4/16/2015 Natural Sciences

Recognition of STEM retention success through the HHMI grant, redesigned courses and flipped classroom experiments; outreach programs and student mentoring; improvements to faculty diversity, and our new planned research and science education building--to be built in partnership with the Pratt School of Engineering.

Memo from the Dean 4/9/2015

Ongoing conversations about race and difference at Duke, and how to become engaged.

Memo from the Dean 2/11/2015

Recognition for DeFrantz, Neal, Brown, Mackey, Seaman, Supko, Leighton, Partner, Balleisen, Deustch, Haynie, Khanna, Hartemink and Bennear.

Memo from the Dean 1/7/2015

Angela O'Rand to lead search committee for new dean of Arts & Sciences. Curriculum review and strategic planning will continue as scheduled.

Memo from the Dean 12/18/2014

Recognition for new books from Hubert Bray, William Chafe, Rey Chow, Steven Churchill, Craufurd Goodwin, Neil De Marchi, Jennifer Groh, Mohsen Kadivar, Helen Ladd, Michael Munger, and John Supko. Awards for Steffen Bass, Allison Book and Lee Willard. Highlight for Nathaniel Mackey. Focus on Race, Responsibility and Accountability event.

Memo from the Dean 11/25/2014

Highlighting Forum for Scholars & Publics, launch of Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum. Recognition for Partner, DeBrigard, Sinnott-Armstrong, Gao, Reiter, Supko and Seaman.

Special Announcement from Dean Laurie Patton - 11/18/2014

On July 1, 2015, Laurie Patton will assume leadership as the 17th President of Middlebury.

Memo from the Dean 10/21/2014

Launch of Signature Courses. Recognition for Aldrich, Rohde, Benfey, Bruzelius, Flanagan, Ginsburg, Johnson, Kaiwar, Lee, Lieber, Meyers, Niou, Sieburth, Sinnott-Armstrong, Weintraub, Todd, Brothers, Troxler, Gilliam, Lindroth, Pritchard, Ku, Bagg, and Raimi for published scholarly works. Recognition for West for professional society awards. Recognition of O'Rand for significant new grant success. Welcome to new colleagues Derbyshire, Jiminez, Pierce, Jardina, mcIver, Safi and Serrato.

Memo from the Dean 9/25/2014 - Facilities Update

Update on Trinity College facilities renovations and upgrades. Link for campus-wide construction project information.

Memo from the Dean 9/5/2014 - Financial Update

Update on financial close of fiscal year 2013/2014 and discussion of budget and plans for 2014/2015.

Memo from the Dean 8/21/2014

Recognition for Jim Moody, Gary Gereffi, Linda Burton, Martin Reuf, Scott Lynch, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Anne Firor Scott, the Department of Music, Priscilla  Wald, Amanda Hargrove, Katherine Heller, and Sonke Johnsen.

Memo from the Dean 8/4/2014 - Powell as Dean of Humanities

Appointment of Richard J. Powell as Dean of the Humanities. Thank you to Srinivas Aravamudan.

Memo from the Dean 7/11/2014 - Faculty Accomplishments

Recognition for James Applewhite, Michael Ferejohn, Lisa Keister, Timur Kuran, Melissa Malouf, Nancy MacLean, Frederick Mayer, Neil McWilliam, Valentine Mudimbe, David Need, Jakob Norberg, Carl Nordgren, Wayne Norman, Henry Petroski, Naomi Quinn, Luis Rosa, John Staddon, Lucas Van Rompay, Jonathan Bagg, Scott Lindroth, Stephen Jaffe, Mathew McCubbins, Ashutosh Kotwal, Laura Edwards, Fred Nijhout, Thomas Mitchell-Olds, Alvin Crumbliss, Harris Cooper, Rebecca Stein, Kathy Frantz, Srinivas Aravamudan, Nathaniel Mackay, Robert Calderbank, Susan Rodger, Jim Siedow, Linda Burton and Peter Feaver.

Memo from the Dean 6/5/2014 - Campaign Update

Update on our proress in the fundraising campaign for Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. Recognition for Colleen Fitzpatrick, Anne Yoder, Charlie Becker, John Caccavale, Alex Pfaff, Emma Rasiel, Angel Harris, Staci Bilbo, Elizabeth Brannon, Avshalom Caspi, Tanya Chartrand, Lasana Harris, Scott Huettel, Terrie Moffitt, Tom Robisheaux, Inge Walther, Caroline Bruzelius, Brian Hare, Anne Pusey, Andrew Janiak, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, David Bell, Deborah Jenson, Anthony Kelley, Scott Lindroth and John Supko.

Memo from the Dean 5/19/2014

Staff thank you for support during graduation weekend. Recognition for Alberts, Humphreys, McClain, Reddy and Witt. FHI Humanities grant. Huffington Post Thesis Project.

Memo from the Dean 5/6/2014

Recognition for Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel, Rebecca Bach, James Roberts, Erdag Goknar, James Berkey, Denise Comer, Kelly Cottrell, Lewis Blake, Eileen Anderson, Joan Clifford, Rebecca Ewing, Bethzaida Fernandez, Lisa Merschel, Joan Munne, Liliana Parades, Maria Romero, Melissa Simmermeyer, Rosa Solorzano, Graciela Vidal and William Villalba.

Memo from the Dean 4/15/2014

Recognition for faculty and staff. Recognition for Aidoo, Andrews, Chafe, cooke, DeFrantz, Harris, Holloway, Jawad, Leighten, McClain, Neuschel, Ramaswamy, Ruderman, Stern, Thompson, Goodwin, Hodel, Loveland, Lin, Aravamudan, Gellen, Glymph, McClain, Beratan and Zanalda.

Appointment of Linda Burton as Dean of Social Sciences

Linda M. Burton, James B. Duke Professor of Sociology, as dean of the Social Sciences, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, effective July 1, 2014.

Memo from the Dean 2/21/2014

Recognition for Carol and Eric Meyers, Phil Stern, Warren Warren, Anne Allison, Julie Tetel Andresen, Mark Antliff, Carol Apollonio, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Martin Eisner, Anthony Elson, Laura Florand, Katherine Hayles, William Keech, Rob Mitchell, Diane Nelson, and Constance Walker. Forecasting need for engagement with SACS report.

Memo from the Dean 1/24/2014

Spring semester welcome, foreign travel recap, recognition of winter forum, thank you for departmental representatives in A&S Faculty Council.

Holiday Memo from the Dean 12/24/2013

Mandela's legacy, Duke's approach to memory and history

Memo from the Dean 12/9/2013

Recognition for Goldstein, Craig, Lange, Scholberg, Kotwal, Huettel and Powell. Status of university course enrollment. Travel plans.