Two Women Named Finalists for Dean at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs has announced a pool of four finalists for the position of dean of the university’s College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. All candidates will be visiting campus in the near future. Each finalist will deliver a 40-minute presentation about the challenges and opportunities that colleges of letters, arts and sciences at public universities will face in the next 10 years; how those challenges apply to the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; and how they will address them as dean. Additionally, each candidate will speak to their style of leadership. The presentation will be followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session and a one-hour reception.

Two of the four finalists are women.

Kate Drowne is the interim vice provost and dean of the College of Arts, Science and Business, and professor of English, at Missouri University of Science & Technology. She was previously associate dean of the college; director of the Center for Science, Technology and Society; and director of the Missouri S&T Writing Center. Dr. Drowne is a magna cum laude graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she majored in English. She holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Monica J. Casper is the associate dean of faculty affairs and inclusion for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and professor at the University of Arizona. She was previously department head for Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona; professor and director of the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies at Arizona State University; director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and associate professor at Vanderbilt University, and associate professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Casper is a graduate of the University of Chicago. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.


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