Message from the Dean

Characterized by its diversity of academics and scholarship, the School of Arts & Sciences at Rochester is, in many ways, the University’s educational foundation.

Approximately 4,000 undergraduate students are enrolled in arts and sciences. However, nearly all of the University’s undergraduate students interact or engage with the school during their time at Rochester. That’s because the School of Arts & Sciences—more than any other academic unit—crosses and connects disciplines and departments.

Our students excel in the classroom, participate in independent study, conduct research alongside faculty, study abroad, and engage in extracurricular activities, community service, and entrepreneurial endeavors. They do so with the leadership, guidance, and mentoring of our award-winning faculty, who are nationally and internationally recognized for their teaching, research, and scholarship.

In addition, the School of Arts & Sciences is at a particularly strong point in its history. Our recent points of pride include:

  • A strong, diverse, and lauded faculty that comprises awardees and honorees of organizations and programs such as the National Academy of Sciences and Fulbright Scholar Program
  • Hiring approximately 60% of our faculty in the last five years, as well as retaining our faculty members, each of whom brings a unique and valuable perspective to our school
  • Strategic initiatives focused on data science, energy and the environment, humanities, performing arts, and expanding research opportunities
  • Numerous research grants and awards earned by our faculty, including some of our junior faculty
  • New majors, minors, and programs established for both undergraduate and graduate students
  • Many new innovative courses and more experiential offerings, inside and outside of the classroom, to expand on the undergraduate experience
  • Consistent levels of funding support, even during the recent economic recession

These are only a few examples, which are noteworthy and commendable. But resting on our laurels is simply not in our DNA. We will continue to strategically support, improve, expand, and enhance our school’s academic programs in ways that best serve the University as a whole.

That’s why I’m thrilled to lead the School of Arts & Sciences during this important time in its evolution. As we look ahead and move forward, our plan is to build on the unique strengths of each division within Arts and Sciences, including:

  • Natural sciences—which embrace new areas of inquiry and study while driving new teaching approaches to support our growing student base
  • Social sciences—which enable us to capitalize on their historic legacies while expanding strategic areas of degree programming, including new majors and master’s programs
  • Arts and humanities—which foster and embrace creativity, dialogue, and scholarship, even when pressed by a global decline in funding and enrollment

Finally, I’d like to thank the school’s faculty, students, staff, and alumni. As members of the School of Arts & Sciences, we comprise the largest academic unit at the University. My goal as dean is to support and encourage you as we work together to make the world ever better.


Gloria Culver, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

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