Since its founding in 1939, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has been the academic heart of the University of Connecticut. We take seriously the foundations of a liberal education: We teach students to think creatively and analytically; to reason from evidence; to respect the views and experiences of all members of our diverse community; and to continue learning throughout their lives, wherever their professional and personal journeys take them.
Now, with nearly 10,000 undergraduates and 800 tenure-track faculty across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, our College continues to build on the education that is the cornerstone of our U.S. News and World Report top 25 public university.
In these pages, you’ll learn about some of our proudest recent accomplishments. In 2016, our students applied their classroom knowledge at conferences around the globe, including the COP22 conference on climate change in Marrakesh, Morocco, and the United State of Women Summit at the White House. Faculty in the social sciences and humanities presented more than a dozen public discussions on the 2016 U.S. elections and their affiliated issues. Our scientists continued to earn funding and recognition at the international level, with more than $40 million in research expenditures on problems like novel contraceptives, language acquisition in deaf children, and coastal resiliency.
The connection to our community of more than 100,000 alumni also continued to grow, as hundreds of dedicated alumni volunteered their time to mentor students, serve on career panels, and participate in networking events in Storrs and around the country.
Finally, our longtime Dean, Jeremy Teitelbaum, moved to a post as interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at UConn. Dean Teitelbaum served the College for more than eight years and saw CLAS successfully through tumultuous economic times; oversaw the development and implementation of the College’s ambitious academic plan; vigorously championed academic freedom; and consistently supported initiatives enabling college access to students from underrepresented backgrounds. He has earned great respect among faculty, staff, and students, and we thank him heartily for his service.
As I take on the leadership of CLAS after six years as associate dean, I’m reminded that our College is its people–our students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. So please consider this volume a thank-you for the part you’ve played in defining the UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Davita Silfen Glasberg
Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
and Professor of Sociology