Teaching and Advising to Support a Pluralistic Democracy

Liberal education aims to help both individuals and democratic society flourish as free people in the largest sense of the word. Our educational mission in the College of Arts & Sciences is to accomplish this within the context of a multi-ethnic, multi-racial population of students, faculty, and staff who are of both genders and varying… More

The Promise of Innovate@BU

Walking to work past the old Radio Shack building at the corner of Comm. Ave and St. Mary’s St. over the past few months, I have been observing the construction of something new in that corner storefront space. I have eagerly anticipated its conversion into the BUild Lab – the IDG Capital Student Innovation Center… More

Using Financial Aid to Promote Diversity, Inclusion, and Excellence

One of the greatest privileges of serving as Dean is meeting with alumni of the College of Arts & Sciences who have been very successful in their careers, credit much of their success to their Boston University education, and wish to support our work in educating current and future students. Alumni who received scholarships for… More

Thank You for Your Commitment

As we complete the final tasks of the semester and prepare for our holiday break, I want to thank the hardworking faculty and staff in the College of Arts & Sciences for making 2017 a year full of achievement. Some of our major CAS-wide successes this year included the opening of the CAS Think Tank,… More

The Importance of Learning a Second Language to a Liberal Education

This week we will open electronic voting to eligible faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences on the question of whether basic proficiency in a second language will be a specific degree requirement for the Bachelor of Arts when the BU Hub goes into effect as the university-wide general education program. It is therefore… More

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the time to give thanks and I have much to be thankful for. Thank you to the CAS faculty for teaching and mentoring our students, producing groundbreaking research, and serving our community and the world. Thank you to our staff who serve the students and faculty by keeping the classrooms clean, the labs… More

Undergraduate Education: Expanding Beyond the Classroom

An education in the arts and sciences—of the broad plus deep, “t-shaped” sort that we provide our students in the College of Arts & Sciences at Boston University–trains students to frame experience through theoretical, disciplinary lenses, to interpret and evaluate the sources and meaning of evidence, and to appreciate the lessons taught by history and… More

Building Out Our Intellectual Themes

Early in my time as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, I began to formulate themes to describe and guide the future of the arts and sciences at Boston University. I presented these themes in our first faculty meeting last academic year, and I have written about each theme in this forum over… More

Climbing the Mountain: The BU Hub

Climbing a 14’er is one of my favorite challenges, and the view from the top is always worth the effort. It involves much preparation, double-checking my list of essential gear, getting up early and setting off in the early morning darkness, and starting out on the trail uncertain about whether the summit can be reached… More

Civic Activism and Liberal Education

One of the most important things that a liberal education offers students is training in the habits and capacities needed to be informed and engaged citizens, which may mean engaging in direct political action. During Alumni Weekend, I was privileged to interview Tipper Gore (CAS ’70) before a large crowd in the Tsai Auditorium. When… More