What are some of the strengths of the
College of Liberal Arts that drew you to Purdue?
The strengths of the College are its people and intellectual
climate. Our faculty members are dedicated to high-quality
scholarship and creative activity and our students are
passionate about learning. Since my appointment, I have
been deeply touched by the outpouring of alumni support
for CLA and the countless individuals who are working hard
to elevate the institution that has been so central to their
personal, academic, and professional lives. I am excited to
be joining an institution that has played such a significant
part in the lives of so many at Purdue University and am
honored to be its next dean.
What are some of the opportunities that you
see for the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue?
I see many opportunities to build on the substantial
accomplishments of Purdue Liberal Arts, as well as Purdue’s
strong STEM foundation. The new endowed chairs in the
history of science and medicine create an opportunity to
distinguish CLA in these areas. The C-SPAN archive is a
national treasure, and represents the first and only visual
and oral history of modern democracy. It can help
position CLA and Purdue as leaders in the digital
humanities and political discourse. The design programs in
the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing
Arts have received much-deserved external recognition,
and could provide a foundation for establishing a
comprehensive design program of national and global
prominence. The Online Writing Lab is a nationally
recognized resource for improving communication skills
for Purdue students, members of the community, and
users worldwide. We have scholarly strengths in the study
of aging, religion, central Europe, politics, and public
administration that will be important to advancing the
social sciences. I am excited to build on these rich and
diverse intellectual strengths while working to position the
institution as an innovator in liberal arts education.
What role can the College play in engaging with
the local and global communities around it?
Our faculty and students demonstrate the widespread
desire to engage the outside world to advance the common
good. This has been a defining aspect of my academic and
professional life. I look forward to working with our faculty
and students to find new ways to translate their scholarly and
professional interests into opportunities for engagement
and creating transformational change in the world.
How does research in the College benefit
Scholarship and creative endeavor are central to the life of
a comprehensive research university like Purdue. Successful
graduate education, where students learn the craft of
systematic inquiry and discovery, depends on faculty who
focus on these activities. These research opportunities
extend to the undergraduate experience, which is made
even more meaningful when students are given a chance
to learn from instructors who have made significant
intellectual contributions to their disciplines.
What are the key benefits of a liberal arts
education for students today?
Many of the great intellectual and creative traditions of
the modern world have their origins in the liberal arts. The
College’s job is to expose our students to these traditions
and connect them to the skills needed to advance their
educational and professional goals.
with David Reingold, Incoming Dean,
College of Liberal Arts
We are pleased to announce that David A. Reingold has been named the Justin S. Morrill Dean of the
College of Liberal Arts effective March 1, 2015. Reingold is currently professor and executive associate dean
of Indiana University’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs.