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Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean of AHSS

 SPRING Quarter 2016

mcintoshMarch 2016

This spring is sure to be a busy and rewarding time for the AHSS community.

With the change in seasons comes a renewed sense of excitement on campus thanks to the buzz of many prospective students and their families touring our beautiful campus. We had an incredibly competitive pool of graduate and undergraduate applicants this year, so I congratulate those of you who were accepted.

I understand the complexities of deciding where to attend college or graduate school. I wish you the best in making your selection, and it's my hope that DU proves to be the best fit for you. As you explore our campus and AHSS's robust course offerings, please consider also joining us at one of our many upcoming events.

This spring we welcome environmentalist Winona LaDuke as the 2016 AHSS Harper Distinguished Speaker. This series brings to campus a liberal arts leader of national or international prominence. Please join us!

Meanwhile, as dean I have been working intensely on the AHSS strategic plan, which serves to supplement Chancellor Chopp's DU Imagine DU. Using DU Impact 2025 as our inspiration and framework, the AHSS strategic plan sets the course of divisional work for the next three years (through AY18/19). It is AHSS's first phase of a multi-staged strategic plan (though AY24/25) to build the future within the scaffolding of DU Impact 2025. This is an opportunity to affirm our foundational values, amplify our existing strengths, and begin energetically advancing towards our aspirational goals – to intensify these efforts and expand beyond them in new ways with the support and in the direction laid out in DU Impact 2025.

The conversations I have had over the past months with students, staff, faculty, and alumni about the plan and the importance of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences to DU, to local and global communities, and to each individual have been incredibly inspiring and downright fun. I welcome your continued feedback. The four priorities outlined in the drafted plan are:

• Enhance student educational experience by supporting curriculum development and instructional innovation and excellence.
• Support faculty in advancing their creative and scholarly work at every stage of their professional life.
• Make Inclusive Excellence an intrinsic part of hiring, teaching, learning, scholarship and creative arts across AHSS.
• Develop a staffing structure that supports our faculty, students, and programs and that enables staff members to thrive and progress in their careers.

This quarter I hope many students apply for the AHSS summer internship stipends. Internships are a critical career entrée for aspiring professionals, and my office helps students find and apply to internships. We offer three $3,000 internship grants to fund students taking for-credit internships during summer session 2015. And, alumni: please contact us if your employer is hiring interns – we love when DU alumni hire DU students as interns.

Please keep your comments and follow-up questions coming; don't hesitate to contact me or the members of my office if you have any questions or comments.

Take care,

Danny McIntosh, Dean