By Joanna Steward, College of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences progress report
• More than 6,000 undergraduate students
• More than 750 graduate students
• 580 faculty who teach more than 9,000 student credit hours of instruction
• 150 staff (Pullman campus only)
• 50,000+ alumni
*Figures above are based on Fall 2011 enrollment
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University Provost Warwick Bayly hosted a faculty and staff forum Thursday, April 26, to share the next steps in creating the new College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). He was joined by Daryll DeWald, current dean of the College of Sciences and dean-select for CAS.
Both Bayly and DeWald praised the Integrated Implementation Planning Team (IIPT), led by Larry Hufford, director
of the School of Biological Sciences, and Bill Andrefsky, Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor in anthropology, for their outstanding service to the University. Over the past six months, the planning team and its subcommittees have worked with a broad cross-section of liberal arts and science faculty to prepare a detailed set of recommendations that reflect the values of both units.
"The College of Arts and Sciences will be the centerpiece of WSU’s academic organization,” Bayly said, "and the IIPT recommendations provide a roadmap for the journey ahead.”
DeWald reviewed the statistical size of the new college (see sidebar) and echoed the Provost’s view on the important role the college will play in WSU’s academic foundation. Overall, CAS faculty will teach more than 9,000 student credit hours in subjects from art appreciation to zoology.
"The College of Arts and Sciences has the opportunity to be a leader in educational reform at WSU,” said DeWald.
He is in the process of establishing a strategic planning team similar in structure to the IIPT and has been working closely with Doug Epperson, current dean of the College of Liberal Arts, to identify participants.
DeWald also formally announced the appointment of four CAS associate deans, all of whom are current associate deans within either liberal arts or sciences:
- Carol Ivory, associate dean for curriculum and instruction
- V.S. Manoranjan, senior associate dean for faculty affairs
- Anna-Maria Rodriguez-Vivaldi, associate dean for student affairs and global education
- Paul Whitney, senior associate dean for research and graduate programs
Both DeWald and Bayly confirmed that the business side of the new college would commence on July 1, and acknowledge that many other elements will take longer to
A new website for the college is currently under construction. It will provide updates about the merger and should be available shortly.