College of Arts and Sciences
Dean Delivers Fall Address
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Dean Simpson

Dr. Greg Simpson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, delivered his fall address on September 17. In addition to noting the many successes that faculty, staff, and students in the College have achieved in recent months, he acknowledged the need to prepare for a reduction in the University’s allocation from the State of Illinois. Stressing the need to continue to provide excellent instruction for students, Dean Simpson observed that thoughtful, strategic decisions would be necessary. One of the ways in which he will provide forums for discussion and questions will be to host a series of brown-bag luncheons so that faculty and staff will have opportunities to talk with him and air their concerns.
Following the Dean’s address, eleven new faculty members were introduced: Nate Mortimer, School of Biological Sciences; Alysia Vrailas-Mortimer, School of Biological Sciences; Sarah Boesdorfer, Department of Chemistry; Antony Joseph, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Taeok Park, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Joe Amato, Department of English; Tenley Banik, Department of Geography-Geology; Justin Bergfield, Department of Physics; Tiffany Sharnay Puckett, Department of Politics and Government; Erin Durban-Albrecht, Department of Sociology and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program; and Logan Miller, Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Profiles of the new faculty members will appear in CASNews throughout the semester. The College looks forward to another productive academic year.

News from the College

Six Win Excellence Awards
Hilary Justice, Kathryn Jasper, Eric Wesselmann, Jennifer Boolman, Nathan Carpenter, David Malone

Hilary Justice, Kathryn Jasper, Eric Wesselmann, Jennifer Boolman, Nathan Carpenter, David Malone

Six College of Arts and Sciences faculty and staff—Jennifer Boolman, Nathan Carpenter, Kathryn Jasper, Hilary Justice, David Malone, and Eric Wesselmann—were presented with College Excellence Awards during the Dean’s Fall Address on September 17. “I appreciate the depth and breadth of the College of Arts and Sciences,” said Dean Simpson, “The range of talent and expertise in our College is immense, and we are all grateful for the important contributions of these six colleagues.


American West Subject of Ridgley Lecture
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William Wyckoff

Showcasing the everyday alongside the exceptional is the key to William Wyckoff’s book How to Read the American West: A Field Guide. Wyckoff, a geography professor at Montana State University, studies western landscapes, cultural geography, and sense of place using photography. He will speak about his work for the annual Douglas C. Ridgley Distinguished Geography Lecture at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.


Poet James Reiss to Deliver Reading

photo of the novel coverJames Reiss, poet and Professor Emeritus of English at Miami University, will be reading on Friday, October 2 at 7 p.m. in the University Galleries. This event is free and open to the public. A recent New York Times Book Review observed, “Reiss writes…in an accomplished plain style, with a momentum carrying whole poems along on the humming acceleration of a single sentence. [He] has the indispensable gift of rhythm.” Reiss’ newest collection is The Novel (WordTech Communications, 2015). (more…)

ISU Prominent at International Auto/Biography Conference

sdfsdaSponsored by the ISU Department of English, four Ph.D. students and their faculty advisor joined members of the international academic community at the International Auto/Biography Association- Chapter of the Americas conference held in Ann Arbor, Michigan from June 4th to 7th. This conference, themed “Encounters Across the Americas: Archives, Technologies, Methods,” was the first biennial conference of its kind and saw scholarly participation in three languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese.


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

September 28 – Department of Sociology and Anthropology Ethnographic Film Series, Bush  Mechanics and Redfern: Stand Up, Room 138, Schroeder Hall, 7 p.m.  Due to copyright restrictions, these films are open only to members of the Illinois State University community with valid university ID.

September 29  Department of Physics Colloquium, Donald Waddell, Ameren Illinois, “Foundations in Physics – Decades of Career Opportunity,” Room 214, Moulton Hall, 4 p.m. This event is part of the Physics Alumni Lecture Series and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served 15 minutes prior to each colloquium in the adjoining hallway or in the room.

September 30 – Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Empire of Dreams Documentary Screening, Room 133, Felmley Hall Annex, 7 p.m.  Q & A session to follow. Free and open to the public.

October 1 – Department of Geography-Geology Douglas C. Ridgley Distinguished Geography Lecture, William Wyckoff, Montana State University, Old Main Room, Bone Student Center, 3:30 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

October 2 – Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Ana Roncero-Bellido, ISU, “Latinas Anónimas: Articulating a Transnational Feminist Rhetorics of Solidarity Through Testimonio,” Room 314, Williams Hall, 1 p.m. The event, which is part of the Conversando Entre Nosotros: LALS Brown Bag Series Lecture, is free and open to the public.

October 2 – Department of English, Poet James Reiss, University Galleries, 7 p.m.  Free and open to the public.