By Jeremy Teitelbaum, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
This semester, the halls of our College were filled with eminent scholars from around the country and the world as we met with candidates for an unprecedented 60 new faculty positions.
This major expansion means several exciting things: that our students will be offered a larger and more diverse catalog of classes, that our faculty will expand on current research directions and embark on important new ones, and that our college will become an even richer place to earn a college degree.
Be sure to visit the CLAS website in the coming months as we introduce our excellent new colleagues with stories describing their visions in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. A few notable, recent additions include Jelani Cobb, director of the Institute of African American Studies and professor of history;Rick Gibbons, professor of social psychology; and Christine Sylvester, professor of political science.
Recent news has also turned the spotlight on the Next Generation Connecticut initiative, a proposal by President Susan Herbst and Governor Dannel Malloy to invest in the University’s fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). For CLAS, the proposal will devote resources to educating future scientists and renovating our aging science buildings, which are definitely ready for an upgrade. And it will also invest in more students and faculty in the social sciences and the liberal arts. I encourage you toread more about this extraordinary plan.
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor of Mathematics