• CLA Administrative Structure

    The College of Liberal Arts structure is organized to streamline administrative tasks, re-focus curriculum, strengthen faculty leadership, and maximize shared governance. The college consists of six administrative “areas,” each of which brings together several departments and programs that are curricularly autonomous but administratively interlinked. Each area is overseen by an “Administrative Head” (AH), a faculty member responsible for the vitality of the area’s departments and programs in terms of scheduling, budgeting, faculty workload distribution, etc. The Administrative Heads meet regularly and report directly to the College dean. Each department and program is in turn led by a department chair or program director, whose primary responsibility is collaborative development of each department’s/program’s curriculum, vision, and future direction.

    Arts, Media, and Culture: Jeff Turner, Administrative Head

    Communication Studies, Suda Ishida, Department Chair
    The Creative Writing Programs, John Brandon, Department Chair
    Digital Media Arts, Joshua Gumiela, Department Chair
    English, Michael Reynolds, Department Chair
    First-Year Writing, Kristina Deffenbacher, Program Director
    Music, Janet Greene, Department Chair
    Studio Arts & Art History, Allison Baker, Department Chair
    Theatre & Dance, Jeffrey Turner, Department Chair

    Global Citizenship, Ethics, and Cultural Studies: Susie Steinbach, Administrative Head

    Global and Religion Studies, Kathryn Geurts, Department Chair
    History, Katharine Bjork, Department Chair
    Modern Languages & Literatures, Shannon Cannella, Department Chair
    Philosophy, Samuel Imbo, Department Chair
    Religion, Mark Berkson, Program Director

    Justice, Advocacy, and Social Change: Shelly Schaefer, Administrative Head

    Anthropology, Brian Hoffman, Department Chair
    Conflict Studies, Kaori Kenmotsu & Ken Fox, Program Co-Directors
    Criminal Justice & Forensic Science, Shelly Schaefer, Department Chair
    Environmental Studies, Paul Bogard & Patty Born, Program Co-Directors
    Forensic Psychology, Jillian Peterson, Program Director
    Graduate Legal Education, Leondra Hanson, Program Director
    Legal Studies, Stephen Arnott & Leondra Hanson, Department Co-Chairs
    Master in the Study of Law (includes Paralegal Certificate Program), Leondra Hanson, Program Director
    Political Science, Alina Oxendine, Department Chair
    Social Justice, Ryan LeCount, Program Director
    Sociology, Ryan LeCount, Department Chair
    Women's Studies, Kristin Mapel Bloomberg, Program Director

    Life, Mind, and Health Sciences: Irina Makarevitch, Administrative Head

    Biology, Irina Makarevitch, Department Chair
    Exercise Science, Lisa Stegall, Program Director
    Neuroscience, Bridget Jacques-Fricke, Program Director
    Psychology, Serena King, Department Chair
    Public Health Sciences, Susi Keefe, Program Director

    Physical and Computational Sciences: Bruce Bolon, Administrative Head

    Biochemistry, Betsy Martinez-Vaz, Program Director
    Chemistry, Nicholas Schlotter, Department Chair
    Mathematics, Irina Makarevitch, Department Chair
    Physics, Lifeng Dong, Department Chair

    School of Education and Leadership: Joseph Lewis, Administrative Head

    ADAL & Teacher Education, Joseph Lewis, Department Chair
    ABE Teaching & Learning Advancement System (ATLAS), Patsy Egan, Program Director
    Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching (CEUT), Rebecca Neal, Executive Director
    Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE), Tracy Fredin, Program Director
    English Learners in the Mainstream (ELM) Project, Amy Stolpestad, Project Coordinator
    Midwest Migrant Education Resource Center (MMERC), Lidibette Guzman, Program Director