Bill Falls photoWelcome from the Dean

At the end of South Williams Street, just around the corner from our offices here in the Lattie F.  Coor House, is a stately brick building that served as the academic home for thousands of Burlington school children from 1938-1980. When extensive renovations of the Elihu B. Taft School are completed—plans are to finish by next spring—it will be a new academic home for generations of UVM students in the arts.

I am always amazed at how the generosity of our friends—in this case Michele Resnick Cohen, UVM ’72, and her husband Martin Cohen—can so dramatically enrich the student experience. The Cohen’s generous $5 million gift is truly a game changer—it gives us the resources to repurpose this historic building as a nexus for arts on campus.

The revitalized space will include galleries, studios, classrooms, and exhibition and performance spaces encompassing the disciplines of art, art history, dance, theatre, music, film and television studies, and more. Not only will we have a collaborative space for interdisciplinary teaching and programming, the center will become a critical space for faculty and students to display and perform their work.

This transformative gift gives us the opportunity to rightly place the arts at the forefront of the College, as a public face of UVM commensurate with the quality of the scholarship and teaching, and mirroring one of the essential qualities of Vermont: a commitment to and strength in the arts.

We are so thankful to the Cohens for making this long-held dream possible.


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Bill Falls
Dean of Arts and Sciences

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New Chairs and Directors Appointed

Welcome to new Chairs and Directors who will begin their important service July 1st:
Anthropology – Emily Manetta
Art and Art History - Jane Kent
Asian Languages and Literatures – John Yin (serving an additional term)
English – Dan Fogel
Film and Television Studies – Deb Ellis
Holocaust Studies – Alan Steinweis
Music – Tom Toner (acting chair for fall 2017)
Philosophy – Louis deRosset (serving an additional term)
Physics – Junru Wu
Political Science – Jack Gierzynski
Theatre – Gregory Ramos (serving an additional term)

Thanks to the following outgoing Chairs and Directors for their strong and thoughtful leadership: Deb Blom (Anthropology), Tom Brennan (Art and Art History), Val Rohy (English); Sarah Nilsen (Film and Television Studies); Jonathan Huener (Holocaust Studies); Randy Headrick (Physics) and Ellie Miller (Political Science).

CAS Promotion Announcement Spring 2017

Below are the names of the faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences who have just been tenured and/or promoted. Their records of scholarly and creative accomplishments, their success as teachers, and their contributions to their professions, the University, the College, and the community are truly impressive. 
The College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture Series was established in fall 2007 by Dean Eleanor Miller to give faculty members newly promoted to the rank of full Professor the opportunity to share with the university community a single piece of their research or an overview of their research, with the goal of communicating a sense of the excitement of the intellectual problems that have energized their careers. This tradition will continue in the coming year and I encourage all of you to attend the lectures, to help us celebrate the accomplishments of these tremendous scholar-teachers.
Promotion to Full Professor
Andrew Barnaby, English
Antonello Borra, Romance Languages and Linguistics
Bogac Ergene, History
Alice Fothergill, Sociology
John Gennari, English
Jom Hammack, Psychological Science
Marc Law, Economics
Thomas Macias, Sociology
Todd McGowan, English and Film and Television Studies
Patricia Riley, Music and Dance
Sean Stilwell, History
Amani Whitfield, History

Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure
Jamie Abaied, Psychological Science
Katrinell Davis, Sociology
Adrian Del Maestro, Physics
Pamela Fraser, Art and Art History
Katie Gough, Theatre
Teresa Mares, Anthropology
Kat Scollins, German and Russian
Promotion to Senior Lecturer
Mary Burke, Sociology
Marielle Macias Aunave, Romance Languages and Linguistics
Natsumo Ueno, Asian Languages and Literatures
Promotion to Research Associate Professor
Andrew Schroth, Geology

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UVM Commencement exercises from inside Waterman (photo by Sally McCay). View CAS 2017 Dean's List recipients.


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