UI Names New Dean for College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Friday, December 6 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho has appointed Andrew Kersten as dean for the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences following a national search. Kersten will begin his role effective June 29, 2014.

“Andrew Kersten brings a strong record of scholarship, teaching and engagement to the University of Idaho. I know he will be a terrific advocate for the liberal arts both with the university and the wider community,” said Katherine Aiken, interim provost and executive vice president.

Kersten is excited to be joining the University of Idaho community and hopes to further the programs and goals of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.

"I am absolutely thrilled to become the next dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Idaho and to join a wonderful and caring community,” said Kersten. “The college has outstanding faculty and staff who work together to create high-quality programs for students and for the region. During my visit, I became instantly enamored with the college and the campus. It is my honor to be able to work for the university, to continue the development of the college, and to help it maintain its well-earned place as the academic bedrock of the campus.”

The College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences is the largest academic division of the University of Idaho, with nearly 4,100 students in 11 departments and numerous programs. The college embodies and fulfills the calling of liberal arts and sciences education, which resides at the heart of every great university experience.

Kersten comes to the University of Idaho from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he was the associate provost for academic affairs and director of graduate studies. He joined the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 1997. As a faculty member, he taught courses in U.S. history survey, U. S. immigration history, U. S. labor history, and courses in the interdisciplinary program, democracy and justice studies.

Kersten graduated in 1991 with a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. He then went on to earn his masters and doctorate degree in 1993 and 1997, respectively, at the University of Cincinnati.

Kersten succeeds interim dean John Mihelich who was appointed after former dean, Katherine Aiken, was named interim provost and executive vice president of the University of Idaho in May 2013.

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