College of Arts and Sciences
College Thanks Department Chairs
photo of Rick Martin, Greg Simpson (Dean), Fred Smith

Rick Martin, Greg Simpson (Dean), Fred Smith

Dr. Greg Simpson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, delivered his fall address on September 9. At the conclusion of his address, he thanked two professors who have completed their terms as department chairs and presented each with a plaque in honor of his service. Dr. Richard F. Martin served as Chair of the Department of Physics from 2000 to 2014. Dr. Fred H. Smith served as Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 2008 to 2014. “I am deeply grateful to both Professor Martin and Professor Smith for all they have done on behalf of their respective departments,” said Dean Simpson. “Department chairs do not have an easy job—every day they address a wide range of responsibilities, and they serve as strong advocates for their students, faculty, and staff. The departments of Physics and Sociology and Anthropology have benefited greatly from the leadership of these two professors.”

News from the College

CAS Faculty & Staff Win Excellence Awards
photo of Amy Robillard, Diane Smith, Brenda Huber, Greg Simpson (Dean), Lisya Seloni, Andrew Weeks, Bill Shields, Jonathan Thayne

Amy Robillard, Diane Smith, Brenda Huber, Greg Simpson (Dean), Lisya Seloni, Andrew Weeks, Bill Shields, Jonathan Thayne

Seven College of Arts and Sciences faculty and staff members were presented with College Excellence Awards at the conclusion of the Fall Dean’s Address on September 9. Dr. Amy E. Robillard, Department of English, was the winner of the John A. Dossey Award for Outstanding Teaching, which is presented annually to a tenured faculty member. Dr. Lisya Seloni, Department of English, received the award for Outstanding Teaching by a Pre-tenured Faculty member. Mr. William Shields, Department of Geography-Geology, won the award for Outstanding Teaching by an Administrative Professional. Dr. Andrew Weeks, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, was the winner of the Janice Witherspoon Neuleib Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement. Dr. Jonathan Thayne, won the award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement by a Pre-tenured Faculty Member. (more…)

Bombing Europe’s Cities in WWII
photo of Ross Kennedy

Ross Kennedy

The Office of International Studies and Programs will hold its third talk of the International Seminar Series at noon Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the First Floor West Lounge of the Bone Student Center.

Ross Kennedy, a professor in the Department of History at Illinois State, will give an overview of the German and Allied bombing campaigns in Europe during World War II. Kennedy received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in twentieth-century American foreign relations and political ideology.

Creative Writing Program to Welcome Poet

photo of domina/Unblued bookEveryone is invited to join the Creative Writing Program and the Publications Unit in welcoming poet Ruth Ellen Kocher on Thursday, September 18 for a conversation and reading from domina Un/blued, winner of the Dorset Prize and the PEN Open Book Award. Two events, one at 3 p.m. and a second at 7 p.m., will be held at the Publications Unit in Williams Hall Annex and are free and open to the public. (more…)

New Faculty Profile: L.J Zigerell
L.J. Zigerell

L.J Zigerell

L.J Zigerell joins the Illinois State University Department of Politics and Government as an assistant professor. His areas of expertise include Public Law and Political Science. He also has a background in the fields of American Politics and Mass Political Behavior.


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

Sept. 16 – Department of Physics Colloquium, Dr. Neil Christensen, ISU, “Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and the Higgs Boson,” Room 214, Moulton Hall, 4 p.m.  Refreshments served 15 minutes prior to each colloquium.

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

Sept. 17 – Ibero/Latino American Cinema Event, “From the Land to your Table,” Room 138, Schroeder Hall, 7 p.m.

Sept. 18 – School of Biological Sciences Seminar, Keith Bowers, ISU, “Family Life in the House Wren: Sibling Rivalry, Sex Allocation, and Parental Care,” Room 210, Moulton Hall, 4 p.m.

Sept. 19 – Department of Physics Informal Seminar, Dr. Katherine Ellison, ISU, “17th Century Cryptography,” Room 309, Moulton Hall, 12 noon

Sept. 19 – Department of Chemistry Seminar, Dr. Teri Odom, Northwestern University, “Gold Nanostar Probes for Imaging and Therapeutics,” Room 225, Julian Hall, 3 p.m.

Sept. 19 – Department of Geography-Geology Lecture, “Dr. Travis Nelson, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, “Earthquakes, Volcano, and Storms (oh my): The International Politics of Natural Disaster,” Room 133, Felmley Hall of Science Annex, 3 p.m.

Sept. 19 - Department of Philosophy Colloquium, Dr. Kenton Machina, ISU, “Determinism, Responsibility, and the Limits of Science,” Room 401A, Stevenson Hall, 4 p.m.