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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

Summer 2014

mcintoshWelcome to the divisions of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) at the University of Denver.

This summer is a particularly special time for me because it marks the beginning of my appointment as your new dean. 

I am looking forward to collaborating with you—our expert faculty, curious students and supportive alumni and friends—to support scholarship and education in AHSS and at DU.  I am driven by the belief that liberal arts education is inherently important because creativity and scholarship is liberating, empowering and transformative for the teacher, the student and the community. 

Indeed, as a psychology professor at DU for the last 22 years, I’ve had the privilege of seeing many fine DU students graduate during DU’s commencement ceremonies. This June we celebrated the accomplishments of the class of 2014. Wishing them well as they progress to the next phase of their life is meaningful to all of us who have accompanied them on their intellectual journey at the University of Denver.

Witnessing a new class of Pioneers become alumni has special significance for many faculty who keep in touch with our 26,000 AHSS alumni. These alumni pursue learning throughout their lives, contribute meaningfully to the communities in which they live and support the educations of future DU students by sharing their time and expertise through our mentorship program, internships and more. 

While our newest class of AHSS alumni acclimate to life after college this summer, AHSS faculty will focus on their research and creative pursuits. Our faculty are among the best trained artists and scholars in the nation.  Some professors work in the field, others in labs, studios, archives and libraries throughout the world. Their findings and new queries will influence the syllabuses and assignments that they share with their students in the upcoming academic year—DU is never quiescent.

As your new dean, it is my responsibility to foster an environment in which faculty and students continue to thrive in their pursuit of knowledge creation and higher learning. But collaborative development is too valuable and responsiveness to emerging constraints and opportunities is too important for me to define a specific plan today. Rather, in the coming year I will work with many of you to develop strategies for AHSS that will champion and enhance our faculty and students’ scholarship, allow us to remain competitive and relevant, and facilitate our leadership in the changing climate of higher education.

I have an open door. Please don’t hesitate to contact the members of my office or me if you have any questions or comments.

Daniel N. McIntosh, Dean