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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

 Winter Quarter 2016

mcintoshJanuary 2016

Happy New Year!

After December’s interterm, it’s wonderful to welcome students back to campus for winter quarter. If you’ve ever bumped into me on the day after a snowfall or if I have tried to recruit you to work or study at DU, you’ll know that I think few things are as delightful as seeing the bright Colorado sun shine on fresh snow covering our beautiful campus.

In addition to finalizing course syllabi for the new quarter, many faculty used December’s winter break to focus on their research and creative endeavors. Our faculty impress me with their innovative scholarship. For example, Jeanne Abrams, a Judaic studies professor with a joint appointment at the library, spent time in DU’s Beck Archives researching Denver’s longstanding Jewish history. And Seth Masket, associate professor of political science, focused on assessing the activities of the US Presidential campaign. In media, film and journalism studies, Sheila Schroeder developed a new experiential film program for her students, supported by generous DU friends and alumni and filmed in a restaurant off campus; this is a true example of faculty, students, and the larger community working together in innovated and collaborative education.  

Now that most people are back on campus this quarter, including our many students returning from a term abroad, our buildings are humming with faculty and students sharing experiences and discussing ideas and hypotheses in classrooms, labs and studios. I encourage students to take advantage of out-of-class opportunities, such as our internship event series that provides specialized career/internship counseling to AHSS students.

It’s true that 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. Students should stay tuned this winter for a call for applications.

Students tell me that they enjoy meeting one-on-one with alumni from the post-DU world, too, and we think you would enjoy coming back to campus to continue your connection our academic community. Our fascinating faculty lectures are free, and they are preceded by a simple reception at which students and alumni can casually chat. This month Professor Eleanor McNees will share her discoveries about Virginia Woolf’s often ridiculed female cousins, and February’s lecture with Professor Sarah Morelli will depict the life and legacy of Indian artist Pandit Chitresh Das. I hope I’ll see you there.

If you can’t make it to campus in person, take a peek at what some of our faculty have been up to online: watch a very short web video. Or consider joining the digital Pioneer Network to connect with alums and students.

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. I will be working on a divisional strategic plan in the coming months to supplement the University’s Impact 2025 plan, so please keep your comments and questions coming.

Best wishes for a successful and happy winter.

Take care,

Danny McIntosh, Dean