The Formation of the CAS Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Advisory Committee

Happy New Year!   I am pleased to announce the formation of the CAS Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Advisory Committee (DIFAC) for the current academic year. Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Social Sciences, Professor Nazli Kibria, will serve as the chair of the committee, along with the following members: Associate Professor Margarita Guillory (Religion) Associate Professor Tarek Hassan (Economics)… More

Congratulations to the New Department of Linguistics

It’s with great excitement that I announce the formation of the Department of Linguistics. The study of linguistics has been part of CAS in various forms since the early 1980s, with the launch of the linguistics minor in 1986, followed by the major in 1991. BU Linguistics also recently launched new MA and Ph.D. programs. The… More

Greetings from the Interim Dean

Welcome to both new and returning faculty and students. On August 1, I began service as the interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.  I’m excited for the start of my first semester as interim dean, and I feel optimistic about—and energized by—the opportunities ahead of us this coming year.  I look forward to… More


In my final dean’s note, I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to the Boston University community for your contributions to and passion for our noble mission. When I came to Boston University three years ago I knew that I was coming to a university with a progressive history of education to enable social… More

Honoring CAS Community Builders

The ceremonies of Commencement bring us together and remind us of the periodicity of academic life, the renewal and optimism of youth, the dedication of faculty, staff, and alumni volunteers, and the ties we share with generations who came before us over our 145 years of graduating classes. I am filled with pride for our… More

Faculty Kudos

I want to reflect on our outstanding faculty who have received University, national, and international recognition this year.… More

Inequality and Higher Education

The College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board comes to campus this week for our spring meeting; the theme of this meeting is access, diversity, and inequality. I chose this theme to discuss with our board members and guests our new CAS diversity plan and learn what they are doing to improve diversity and… More

Preparing the BU Hub for Our Newest Class of Students

This coming Friday, the College of Arts & Sciences will host the first of four Open Houses, which are designed to persuade our outstanding admitted students to enroll in Boston University for the fall and to begin what we hope will be a lifelong connection to our university. This is an exhilarating time for these… More

Liberal Undergraduate Education is Vital to Our Future

Over Boston University’s spring break, I had a chance to read and reflect on a report recently published by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAA&S), “The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of America.” The report argues for the enduring and increasing importance of undergraduate education for the nation’s future, and offers recommendations… More