College of Arts and Sciences

Kent State University Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Todd Diacon has announced the reappointment of James L. Blank, Ph.D., as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Blank, who has been serving as interim dean since Nov. 1, 2012, will continue to hold the position through June 30, 2015.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced the grant awardees for its Summer Institutes for 2015. Among them is the Summer Institute for College and University Teachers titled “What Is Gained in Translation: Learning How to Read Translated Texts.”

The concepts of mass violence and war evoke strong emotions for most people – and the thought of where they have occurred is often a side note.

The Traveling Stanzas poster for the poem entitled "Hold It" from the 2012 edition has been selected for inclusion in the  Art of Magnet Nursing Gallery. The 2014 ANCC National Magnet Conference® will be held during October 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) has named Allison Moats, a recent graduate of the Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University, a Portz Scholar for 2014. Allison is a native of Ravenna, Ohio, and received her bachelor's degree from the Department of Anthropology.  Each year, the Portz Prize recognizes outstanding undergraduate honors theses submitted by honors college students from across the country.

Mindy Farmer, Ph.D., has been appointed new director of the May 4 Visitors Center in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University, effective July 1. Farmer also will teach public history courses in the Department of History as an assistant professor starting in spring 2015.

The Jewish Studies Program, in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, will host the 26th Annual Midwest Jewish Studies Association Academic Conference on Sept. 14 – 15 at the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Kent. Approximately 30 scholars and professionals in Jewish Studies from around the world will attend. Presenters will be coming from Turkey, Austria and Israel as well as North America.

Kent State students were featured on the U.S. News and World Report home page on July 29, 2014. These students traveled to Florence in June as part of our Summer Institute program. The Summer Institute creates more study-abroad access to disadvantaged students – minorities or those from low-income families who might not have had the opportunity to go overseas otherwise.

October 15 is National Poetry Day!  Please join us at the May Prentice House to celebrate. "Celebrating Our Own" is an annual poetry reading hosted by the Wick Poetry Center featuring our high school and undergraduate scholarship winners.

May Prentice House
Tuesday, October 15, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Barry DunietzCongratulations to Dr. Barry Dunietz, whose proposal, “Charge Transfer, Injection and Mobility in Organic Semi-Conducting Materials: Modelling for Insight on Mechanistic Aspects,” has been recommended for funding by the Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation.