College of Arts & Sciences Highlights

CAS faculty published 289 articles, chapters, and other publications — 40 percent more than the previous year. Nine books were published. Faculty gave 489 presentations at professional meetings, invited talks, and exhibits/ performances — up nearly 20 percent. External funding via grants from federal or foundational organizations included $411,000 awarded and $4.1 million pending. Many of the grants represented cross-divisional collaboration and explicitly advance the University’s strategic priorities.

CAS students attended conferences or had works published 229 times. In addition, 339 students participated in research projects in the last academic year; 207 students participated in internships; and 86 graduate schools accepted graduating seniors into their cohorts.

The College launched two new graduate programs during the spring 2013 semester: The Master of Public Administration and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. Both programs began accepting applicants in the fall 2013 semester.

Drs. Brian Walker, associate professor of biology, and Eileen O’Shea, associate professor of nursing, were appointed faculty co-facilitators of the Integrated Nursing and Health Science Initiative — a joint project developed by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing. Together, they will facilitate development of collaborative courses, programs, and research streams across the schools related to health and healthcare issues. In addition, Drs. Linda Henkel, professor of psychology, and Alison Kris,  associate professor of nursing, led the interdisciplinary health sciences scholars program with two students studying cognition and aging.