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New Dean for CLAS

Dr. Pamela Jansma
August 5, 2014

Dear colleagues,

I’m delighted to share the news that Pamela Jansma, currently professor and dean of the College of Science at The University of Texas at Arlington, has agreed to serve as dean of our College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She will begin her work with us on September 9.

Trained as a geologist, Dr. Jansma has more than two decades of experience in higher education. Before her current role at UT Arlington, she was professor and dean of New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences. She previously served as professor and chair of the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas and associate professor and associate dean for research and academic affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. She is a fellow of the American Council on Education.

An accomplished administrator and faculty member, Dr. Jansma’s research interests include microplate tectonics and strain partitioning. She has published numerous articles in scientific journals, and her research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and NASA, among other sources.

Dr. Jansma was born in Tokyo, Japan, and also lived in Chicago, the Netherlands and Scarsdale, N.Y., while growing up. She earned doctoral and master’s degrees in geological sciences from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in geology from Stanford University.

I look forward to working with Dr. Jansma, whom I believe will be a strong leader for our college with the largest student enrollment.

I want to thank Laura Argys, who has done a wonderful job as interim dean since Dan Howard stepped down in June 2013. I am also grateful to search committee chair Barry Shur and his colleagues for the energy and time they poured into the search process, and for identifying such a strong candidate to lead our College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Roderick Nairn
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

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