Math professor is last of four finalists for KU dean of CLAS

Kansas University has named the last of four finalists for dean of its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Luis Casian, professor and chair of the Department of Math at The Ohio State University, will make a public presentation from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd.

Casian’s research focuses on representation theory, representation theory of real semi-simple Lie groups and integrable systems, according to an announcement from KU.

He has been on the faculty at Ohio State since 1988 and has been department chair since 2010, according to KU. He also has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Utah and the IAS School of Mathematics in Princeton, N.J. Casian is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and earned a doctorate in mathematics from MIT in 1983.

KU students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the presentation and provide feedback.

Candidates Walter Hawthorne, professor and chair of the Department of History at Michigan State University, and Mark P. Jones, professor of political science and the Jamail chair in Latin American studies at Rice University, visited campus last week. Carl Lejuez, professor of psychology and associate dean of research for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at University of Maryland-College Park, was scheduled to speak Wednesday at KU.

The theme for all presentations is “21st Century Challenges to Liberal Arts and Sciences (and how KU will address them).”