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Realignment v. reshaping: Liberal Arts tests theory
September 16, 2005

With effective positioning for the future as the goal, and acting on recommendations from the provost’s realignment committee, Erich Lear, dean, College of Liberal Arts, is experimenting with changes in the organization of the college.A discussion about realignment began on the university level nearly a year ago when a small committee, jointly led by Fran McSweeney, vice provost for faculty affairs, and Chuck Pezeshki, past chair of the Faculty Senate, began to gather information at the request of the provost.The biggest questions related to Liberal Arts pertained to the size and effectiveness of the college and whether it might be advantageous to divide Liberal Arts … » More …

Erich Lear accepts post as dean of Liberal Arts
June 2, 2005

PULLMAN — Erich J. Lear has accepted the post of dean of the College of Liberal Arts.  Lear has served as interim dean since August 2004 and has accepted a two-year appointment as dean.  Barbara Couture, the former dean, resigned the position last year when she was named senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.Provost and Academic Vice President Robert Bates said “As interim dean this year, Erich Lear has led the College of Liberal Arts with distinction.  It is my pleasure to announce his appointment to the position of dean of the college to continue his excellent work on advancing the instructional, … » More …