Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Krista Ratcliffe: On access and excellence as reciprocal goals

by J J Cohen

English is one of the three schools I will be overseeing at ASU come July when I start my new job as Dean of Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It's big (one of the largest in the US), capacious in the expertise it gathers, and filled with talent. The department is also housed in a beautiful new building.

I have already been enjoying working with the department chair, Krista Ratcliffe. If you read the short news clip and interview linked here, you'll see why.

Oh, and in not unrelated news have you heard the news that humanities graduates are gainfully employed and happy? And that against the shortsighted political demand that colleges concentrate on vocational training "the humanities must be about more than jobs and compensation ... we need to prepare students for all of the principal domains of adult life"?

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