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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 Quarter 2015

mcintoshIn June we honored our graduating students at commencement ceremonies. Congratulations to the more than 650 undergraduate and graduate students who comprise this newest class of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Pioneers! It was a privilege to join you while you studied at DU.  Chatting with graduates, their families and friends was inspirational  — hearing about your amazing experiences and contributions while at DU and listening to your plans and hopes makes salient what is most important about what we do and the power of the pioneer community.

Wishing these new alumni well as they progress to the next phase of their life is meaningful to all of the faculty and staff who have accompanied them on their intellectual journey at DU. We love to keep in touch with our 26,000 AHSS alumni. This spring we were honored to have several alumni return to campus to share their career experiences with current students.

As our newest alumni forge their post-school endeavors, many of our highly trained liberal and creative arts faculty will spend the summer in the field, labs, libraries, studios or classrooms to further their scholarship, creative endeavors and service.

For instance, Andrea Stanton, assistant professor of religious studies, is co-directing a program for high school teachers called “Teaching Connected Histories of the Mediterranean” that is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Stanton is an expert on Middle Eastern religions and social movements. About 25 high school teachers from around the US will spend three weeks at DU with her to study the Mediterranean region and explore ways to incorporate the dynamic region into their high school curricula.

Meanwhile, this summer marks my first anniversary of becoming dean. Thank you for your warm welcome and for making my first year so special. I’ve been impressed by our students’ devotion to their studies and our community, our faculty’s high caliber scholarship and creativity, and our alumni’s devotion to their alma mater. I will continue our work in the dean’s office to make sure that we create as open, effective and supportive a learning environment as possible.  This summer we will be identifying priorities, reviewing protocols and procedures, and gearing up for the return of students and faculty in the fall.

Thank you for caring about our academic community. Please keep your comments and follow-up questions coming.  One of the pleasures of reaching out to the greater DU community is the enriched perspectives you provide.

Best wishes for a fun, safe and rewarding summer. 

Take care,

Danny McIntosh, Dean