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Liberal arts education is at the heart of the University of Denver. Our faculty, staff and students come together in a shared quest for knowledge of the human condition.

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean of AHSS

January 2015

mcintoshHappy New Year! After a long winter break, it’s wonderful to welcome students back to campus for winter quarter. To me, this time of year is particularly beautiful on our campus – I love walking across campus on a sunny day after a fresh snow fall.

In addition to finalizing course syllabi for the upcoming quarter, many faculty used winter break to focus on their research and creative endeavors. Our faculty amaze me with their innovative scholarship. For example, Larry Conyers, anthropology professor, has just returned from Australia where he used ground-penetrating radar technology to research how sea level changes can affect communities over long periods of time. Laleh Mehran and Chris Coleman, associate professors in the emergent digital practices program, were recently in Iran where they created digital art installations in conjunction with the State Department. Adam Rovner, associate professor of English, is in England doing research about Jewish migration trends.

campusHere on campus this quarter, our buildings are once again humming with the energy of faculty and students discussing and testing ideas and their applications in classrooms, labs and studios. I encourage students to take advantage of out-of-class opportunities, such as our Courses to Careers event series that provides specialized career/internship counseling to AHSS students.

Indeed, internships are becoming an increasingly important tool for students to gain professional experience to supplement their in-class education. Yet internships are often unpaid, making them prohibitive for some students. Thanks to the support of an anonymous donor, we’ve created the Liberal Arts Endowed Internship Fund that provides stipends to students taking for-credit internships under the supervision of a professor. This winter students can apply to receive a stipend.

If you haven’t already done so, join us at an event on campus if you live nearby or are making a visit to the area. Our fascinating faculty lectures are free. Our salons offer intimate, seminar-style conversations with our esteemed faculty on current events. If you can’t make it in person, take a peek at what some of our faculty have been up to online: watch a very short web video.

Thank you for caring about our academic community. One of the pleasures of being dean is using your enriched perspectives about DU to improve what we do. So please keep your comments and questions coming. 

Take care,

Danny McIntosh, Dean