Robert Ulin has been named the dean of Rochester Institute of Technologyâ€™s College of Liberal Arts, officials announced Thursday.
Ulin, who begins his duties at RIT Aug. 1, is the chairman of the department of anthropology at Western Michigan University and an international expert in the theory and anthropology of work.
He replaces Glenn Kist, a history professor named interim dean in 2006.
â€œDr. Ulinâ€™s teaching, administrative and scholarship record, as well as his approach to liberal arts, is a great fit for the College of Liberal Arts,â€ incoming Provost Jeremy Haefner said in a statement. â€œI am very appreciative of the hard work that the search committee put into this process.â€
At Western Michigan, Ulin focused on enhancing the national reputation of the department and increasing interdisciplinary ties with other academic units. This included collaborating with the schoolâ€™s department of history to create a joint graduate certificate program in ethnohistory. Ulin previously served as chairman of the department of sociology and anthropology at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., from 1993 to 1998.
Ulin has written three books and lectured and written widely on the topic of the wine industry in various cultures. He is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and a member of the Fulbright Senior Specialists Roster, a collection of leading scholars chosen by the Fulbright Foundation and the U.S. Department of State to lecture abroad and pursue cooperative programs with foreign universities.
â€œI am very excited about assuming the position of dean of the College of Liberal Arts because the college has an outstanding faculty that already has in place innovative programs and an interest in building new programmatic ties to other colleges at RIT,â€ Ulin said. â€œI am eager to work with liberal arts faculty to implement their strategic plan and to develop a stronger profile for the college in terms of both interdisciplinary programs and programs that have a focused global direction.â€
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