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Arts & Sciences Advisory Council

The Arts & Sciences Advisory Council was formed in 2010-11. This group of faculty works with the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences to plan initiatives for the School. Tenured faculty members from across the disciplines in the School, at various stages of their academic careers, serve on the Council. The Council consists of nine members in addition to the Dean. Members serve up to a three-year term on a rotating basis to broaden participation and ensure fresh perspectives.

The Council has been invaluable to the School as a resource to evaluate ideas and provide suggestions. To date, the Council has helped to develop proposals for the assistant chair pilot program, now well established, and the Summer Scholar Program, which has provided funding for faculty members to focus on their scholarship. Among its many initiatives, the group helped to plan and carry out the first meeting open to all School of Arts & Sciences faculty, held in February 2013; results from that meeting are now driving planning initiatives for the School. Every proposal brought to the Advisory Council has been immeasurably improved with their input.

Liberal Arts Task Force

The Liberal Arts Task Force is currently working to support the liberal arts mission of the School of Arts & Sciences and Providence College as a whole. This faculty group has been charged as follows:

To recommend initiatives that can be taken by the Providence College School of Arts & Sciences to promote the liberal arts at Providence College to current and prospective students, parents, faculty and staff, alumni, donors, and the general public. The Task Force recommendations will ideally include short-, medium-, and long-term initiatives requiring a range of resources. Best practices and the current literature on the value of a liberal arts education should guide Task Force members in their work.

The Task Force was constituted in October 2013 and has been asked to provide a report containing recommendations in the Spring 2014 semester.

Advisory Council Members:

Joan Branham, Art/ Art History
Stephen Lynch, English
Leo Kahane, Economics
Maureen Outlaw, Sociology
Margaret Manchester, History
Joseph Cammarano, Political Science
Wendy Oliver, Theater, Dance, and Film
Jay Pike, Chemistry/ Biochemistry 
Maia Bailey, Biology
Michael O’Neill, Philosophy 




Liberal Arts Task Force Members:

Chair: Joan Branham, Art/Art History
Chair: Charles Toth, Biology
Jack Costello, Biology
Patrick Macfarlane, Philosophy
Maureen Outlaw, Sociology
Joanna Su, Mathematics/Computer Science

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