Dear A&S students, faculty and staff,
Welcome to campus after a sweltering summer here in Syracuse. Although I’ve spent much of my life in Oklahoma and Texas and am familiar with heat, I am starting to look forward to the brisk and colorful days of a Central New York autumn!
For those of you who are new to the A&S community, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Professor Lois Agnew, and I’m serving as interim dean while the University seeks its next leader for the College of Arts and Sciences. I am honored to help keep the College moving forward during the search process, and grateful to our former dean, Professor Karin Ruhlandt, for more than eight years of visionary leadership that has provided a strong foundation for the College’s continued success. Professor Ruhlandt will continue her work here as a distinguished professor in our chemistry department, and I thank her for her outstanding commitment to this community.
Speaking of visionary minds, I’d also like to congratulate Professor Michael Goode, who has been recently appointed to the Tolley Professorship. A professor of English, Goode will be developing ways to lead innovation in environmental humanities education. He’ll be working with A&S faculty across disciplines to create and share provocative models in teaching ecology and climate in humanities courses. To tackle such an urgent and evident issue as climate change, it is critical that we tap into the best of humanities thinking, as demonstrated by Prof. Goode.
Finally, please join me in welcoming this fall’s group of new faculty members. In departments from art and music histories to Earth and environmental sciences, philosophy to psychology, chemistry to women’s and gender studies, these accomplished teachers and scholars will play a vital role in our ongoing efforts to expand and diversify A&S. You can learn about each of them here, and I hope you will find your own ways of welcoming them and helping them to acclimate and thrive here.
As you can see, there’s plenty of exciting growth happening all around the College. So welcome (or welcome back) to Arts and Sciences, and best wishes for a rewarding fall semester!