key leadership roles of L&S faculty in professional societies



In the past three years, more than 50 Letters and Science faculty have held elected positions in major sections and at the executive level of professional societies. This gives a sense of the intellectual impact our faculty have in their academic disciplines and larger professional communities. These faculty and the leadership roles they play, highlighted in the attached slideshow, offer an impressive manifestation of the academic quality housed in the College of Letters and Science.

UCSB Alumna Maria ReyesWith a Hispanic student population of 27 percent, UC Santa Barbara is the first Association of American Universities member to be recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities.

“This milestone achievement reflects our vision and decades of collaborative effort and commitment to enhance excellence and diversity at UC Santa Barbara and to provide the best possible educational opportunities for all of our students," said Chancellor Henry T. Yang.

This designation will allow UCSB to compete for specialized grants and funding, including support services for all students, faculty development, and the acquisition of scientific or laboratory equipment for teaching. It also represents a degree of success for education in California as a whole.

Read on to learn more about how "the HSI designation bolsters the university’s ability to blend cosmopolitan inclusion with academic excellence.”

Research poster presentationUnder faculty mentorship and in many cases with the added bonus of an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) grant, 200 students participated in the 2014 Undergraduate Research Colloquium. This forum showcases the research process and findings of undergraduate student researchers across disciplines and colleges at UC Santa Barbara.

Read on to learn more about the poster exhibition and some of the questions undergrads investigated...

The URCA grants are one of many programs and resources available through the Division of Undergraduate Education in the College of Letters & Science.

Acting Dean of Undergraduate Education Gutierrez-JonesFollowing the retirement of Dean Mary Nisbet in June, Carl Gutiérrez-Jones has been appointed Acting Dean of Undergraduate Education.

A professor of English, Gutiérrez-Jones joined the faculty in 1990 and holds affiliated appointments in comparative literature, Latin American and Iberian studies and Chicana and Chicano studies. Read on to learn more about Gutiérrez-Jones ...

Associate Dean Majewski and Executive Vice Chancellor MarshallHistory professor John Majewski has been named interim dean of the Humanities and Fine Arts Division. He replaces David Marshall, who has recently become the campus’s executive vice chancellor.

“I am grateful to Dr. Majewski for agreeing to serve as interim dean,” said Chancellor Henry T. Yang. “We thank him for assuming the responsibilities of this important role during this transitional period, and we know that his two decades of scholarship, leadership, and service to our campus will benefit us at this important time.” Read on...