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Bob Dunn, Chemistry Chair, among new CLAS leaders

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas departments, programs, centers and one school in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are starting the academic year with new leadership, following the dean’s appointment of new chairs and directors.

Chairs and directors oversee all aspects of their academic unit’s leadership and planning, across instructional, research and administrative duties.

“I am grateful to each of these chairs and directors for serving in these key leadership roles in the College. I am excited to work with them to advance our mission,” said John Colombo, interim dean of the College.

Chairs and directors serve terms of typically four to five years. The new chairs and directors in the College starting full terms in the 2019-2020 academic year are as follows:

  • Henry Bial, chair, Department of Theatre & Dance
  • Joseph Brewer II, director, Indigenous Studies Program
  • Kelly Chong, chair, Department of Sociology
  • Sarah Crawford-Parker, director, University Honors Program
  • Robert Dunn, chair, Department of Chemistry
  • Tanya Hartman, chair, Department of Visual Art
  • Ani Kokobobo, chair, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
  • Maria Orive, chair, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Dennis O’Rourke, chair, Department of Anthropology
  • Renee Perelmutter, director, Jewish Studies Program
  • Stacey Swearingen White, director, School of Public Affairs & Administration
  • Hui (Faye) Xiao, chair, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

The complete list of chairs and directors for the College is available on the College Dean’s Office website.

The College is the heart of KU, educating the most students, producing the most research and collaborating with nearly every entity at KU. The College is home to more than 50 departments, programs and centers, as well as the School of the Arts, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures and School of Public Affairs & Administration.


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