Dean’s Corner

Welcome to Dean’s Corner, where BU’s Deans and other University leaders will share their thoughts and ideas on a wide array of topics – from current news and world events to big picture issues facing their disciplines.

Dean’s Corner: The value of a liberal arts education

March 4th, 2013 in Dean's Corner, Education, Professor voices, Videos

Virginia Sapiro, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, discusses why a liberal arts education is important and how it helps prepare students for future careers. Contact Sapiro at 617-353-2401 or

Dean’s Corner: Creating the societal engineer

February 5th, 2013 in Dean's Corner, Education, Engineering, Professor voices, Science, Videos

Kenneth Lutchen, Dean of the College of Engineering, discusses what it means to be a "societal engineer" and how BU is using (and even trademarked) this concept to educate and create the engineers of the... More

Dean’s Corner: Communications education in the digital age

October 22nd, 2012 in Communications, Dean's Corner, Education, Media, Videos

How does the College of Communication (COM) prepare its students for jobs that do not even exist yet? Tom Fiedler, Dean of COM, discusses the challenges of communications education in the dynamic digital age. Contact Fiedler at... More

Dean’s Corner: Distance education today

September 4th, 2012 in Dean's Corner, Education, Videos

September is here and that means a new semester is getting underway. It also means that many people will be going back to school online instead of heading into classrooms. In this installment of "Dean's Corner,"... More

Dean’s Corner: Meeting current challenges in legal education

July 30th, 2012 in Dean's Corner, Law, Videos

Maureen O'Rourke, Dean of the School of Law, discusses the current challenges facing legal education and how BU is responding to these rapidly changing market demands. Contact O'Rourke at 617-353-3123 or

Dean’s Corner: Busy summer travel season ahead

May 21st, 2012 in Dean's Corner, Hospitality, Professor voices, Videos

In this installment of "Dean's Corner," Christopher Muller, Dean of the School of Hospitality Administration, discusses his predictions for the upcoming summer travel season and its potential impact on the economy. He also offers tips for how consumers can save... More

Dean’s Corner: Social workers vital part of urban communities

April 25th, 2012 in Dean's Corner, Health, Public Health, Social Work, Sociology, Videos

Gail Steketee, Dean of the School of Social Work (SSW), discusses the essential role social workers play in urban communities and explains a few of the ways the SSW serves Boston and its surrounding areas... More

Dean’s Corner: Hardin Coleman on Top Education Issues for 2012

February 16th, 2012 in Dean's Corner, Education, Videos

As the 2012 election year unfolds, one important area of focus is education. Hardin Coleman, Dean of the School of Education at Boston University, discusses what he believes will be important issues in education ranging from policy... More

Dean’s Corner: Ethics important part of business education

January 17th, 2012 in Business, Dean's Corner, Videos

With corporate scandals seeming to make front page news quite frequently, Kenneth W. Freeman, Dean of the School of Management, discusses the vital role ethics plays in business education in order to help future business... More

Dean’s Corner: Arts funding crucial to 21st century schools, communities

December 6th, 2011 in Arts, Culture, Dean's Corner, Education, Videos

In a recent letter to the editor published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Benjamín Juárez, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, explains how arts infrastructure is being "dismantled" by shrinking state and federal... More