As one of four associate deans in the college, and two in the humanities, Carl Strikwerda will serve as a contact dean for programs such as art history and American studies.
A Kansas University associate professor of history has been named a new associate dean of the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Carl Strikwerda, who will become a full professor of history this summer, is taking over as associate dean July 1. He is replacing Jim Carothers, the KU professor of English who stepped down last year.
In 1987, Strikwerda came to KU as a visiting associate professor from the University of California-Riverside. Strikwerda, who earned a doctorate in history from the University of Michigan, was placed on the tenure track at KU in 1989.
As one of four associate deans in the college, and two in the humanities, Strikwerda will serve as a contact dean for programs such as art history and American studies. The other associate dean in the humanities is Pete Casagrande.
Strikwerda also will preside over the formation of the new Indigenous Nations Studies Program at KU. The program will make use of current American Indian studies faculty members, the Tribal Law Center at the law school, and KU's relationship with Haskell Indian Nations University.
``If we get it fully going, it will be one of only a handful of similar programs around the country,'' the 45-year-old Strikwerda said, adding that the effort serves as a capstone to KU's current American Indian approach. ``I think we have a chance to make ours one of the top three or four in the country.''
In addition, Strikwerda will be working with a grant writer to seek more foundation support for the humanities and international studies at KU.
Strikwerda's KU credentials include a significant role in the creation of a European studies program. Also while at KU, Strikwerda was given a teaching fellowship by the U.S. government's German Marshall Fund, which uses money left over from the Marshall Plan, a post-war European aid program.
He said he still plans to teach courses such as those on the Holocaust and on World War I.
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