College of Arts and Sciences
Welcome Back From the Dean
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CAS Dean – Greg Simpson

I am pleased to welcome all of our faculty, staff, and students to an exciting academic year. I want to extend a special welcome to those who are new to the University. I hope our new colleagues will be made to feel as welcome as I have since joining ISU in 2011.

We have an exciting year on the horizon, with 15 new tenure-track faculty colleagues in the College, whom you will have an opportunity to meet at the Fall Address on Tuesday, September 9 at 3:30 p.m. in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center. This year we will conduct 10 searches for new faculty for fall 2015. I am looking forward to working with you throughout the year to make the College of Arts and Sciences even stronger. Best wishes for a productive and rewarding semester.

News from the College

Cleeton Appointed to Fulbright Committee
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David Cleeton

Dr. David Cleeton, Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics, has received a 3-year appointment from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) to the Economics Peer Review Committee for the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program.  His previous Fulbright experience includes serving as a member (2003-06) and chair (2005-06) of the CIES-Fulbright Regional Review Committee for Benelux, France, and the European Union. During the Spring 2002 semester he held the Fulbright-Schuman Chair of US-EU Relations at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

Parry Wins Outstanding Service Award
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Associate Dean – Sally Parry

Dr. Sally Parry, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), is the 2014 recipient of the College of Education’s Outstanding Service Award to a member of the University community. Parry won the award, which was presented on August 14, for extraordinary service, which includes currently serving as vice chair of the Council for Teacher Education (CTE) and as chair of its subcommittee on curriculum. She also serves on the CTE’s Teacher Education Review Board and an edTPA working group. In addition, she is the CAS representative to the Council for General Education and co-chairs its subcommittee on Humanities. (more…)

Taking on the Mountain
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Lisa Tranel

Mother nature’s recipe for making a mountain could be broken down into a few simple steps:
1) Take two pieces of earth
2) Press slowly together
3) Add heat
4) Let rise for about 250 million years

Lisa Tranel devotes her research to studying that slow rise, and what it does to the surface of a mountain.  An assistant professor of geology, Tranel will return to the Guadalupe Mountains in Texas to study the connection between mountain uplift and erosion.

With landmarks bearing names such as Dog Canyon, McKittrick Ridge, Nickel Creek and Tejas Trail, the area sounds like the location for a 1930s Western movie rather than a geological exploration. Yet the region holds millions of years of formations that continue to evolve. “There has not been a recorded surface earthquake since the early 1930s,” said Tranel of the Guadalupe Mountains, “but there’s a lot going on underneath.” (more…)

New Faculty Profile: Qiliang He
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Qiliang He

Qiliang He joins the Illinois State University Department of History as an assistant professor. His area of expertise is the history of China. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in history from the University of Minnesota. He also holds a B.A. in Foreign Languages from Shanghai Jiaotong University (China). (more…)

More News from the College

Greetings from the Dean!

Dean Gregory SimpsonWelcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University. I invite you to explore on this site the many programs, majors, and minors that we have to offer you.

New way of recognizing faculty accomplishments!

The College recognizes that the receipt of individual fellowships and awards is an honor and we would like to be able to acknowledge the accomplishment of those faculty who receive this type of external funding.

Please help us recognize these accomplishments by completing the short form found here. (DOC)

Events and Deadlines

August 29 – Department/School Nominations for Fisher Thesis Award due to the CAS office.

September 9 - Dean’s Fall Address. Old Main Room, Bone Student Center, 3:30 p.m. Everyone welcome.

September 9 – Department/School Nominations for Outstanding University Service, Service Initiative, and Outstanding College Service Awards are due to the CAS office.

September 12 - Department/School Nominations for Outstanding College Researcher, Research Initiative, and Outstanding University Researcher due to the CAS office.

September 16 – Department/School Nominations for Outstanding University Teacher, Outstanding College Teacher, Teaching Initiative, and Graduate Teaching Awards are due to the CAS office.