Dean, College of Arts and Sciences | Kent State University

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

James L. Blank, Ph.D.

James L. Blank, Ph.D.

College of Arts and Sciences


  • B.S., University of Illinois
  • Ph.D., Indiana University

Job Description

Responsible for all functions of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dean Blank provides leadership to 17 departments in the natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences and humanities. Blank serves as the university’s Liaison Officer to the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). The dean serves as the principal administrator of the college including responsibility for student and faculty affairs, personnel, general administration and management, budget, academic and advancement functions.

Direct Reports

  • Associate Dean, Janice Crowther
  • Associate Dean, Eric Mintz
  • Associate Dean, David Odell-Scott
  • Associate Dean, Curriculum, Mary Ann Haley
  • Assistant Dean, Operations, James Brown
  • Assistant Dean, Academic and Student Services, Matthew Minichillo
  • Assistant Dean, International Programs and Education, Kristin Stasiowski
  • Director, External Affairs and Communication, Sandra Morgan
  • Senior Director of Advancement, David Grober Senior Business Manager, Scott Cornell
  • Interim Chair, Department of Anthropology, Mary Ann Raghanti
  • Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Laura Leff
  • Director, Chemical Physics, Hiroshi Yokoyama
  • Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Michael Tubergen
  • Chair, Department of Computer Science, Javed Khan
  • Chair, Department of English, Robert Trogdon
  • Interim Chair, Department of Geography, Scott Sheridan
  • Chair, Department of Geology, Daniel Holm
  • Chair, Department of History, Brian Hayashi
  • Chair, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Andrew Tonge
  • Chair, Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies, Keiran Dunne
  • Chair, Department of Pan-African Studies, Amoaba Gooden
  • Chair, Department of Philosophy, Deborah Barnbaum
  • Chair, Department of Physics, James Gleeson
  • Chair, Department of Political Science, Andrew Barnes
  • Chair, Department of Psychological Sciences, Maria Zaragoza
  • Chair, Department of Sociology, Richard Serpe
  • Director, Liquid Crystal Research Center, Hiroshi Yokoyama
  • Director, Biomedical Sciences, Ernest Freeman
  • Director, Employee Ownership Center, Roy Messing
  • Director, Integrated Life Sciences, Jennifer Marcinkiewicz
  • Director, Jewish Studies, Chaya Kessler
  • Director, Wick Poetry Center, David Hassler
  • Director, Institute for Applied Linguistics, Francoise Massardier-Kennedy
  • Faculty, College of Arts and Sciences 

Contact, 330-672-2650

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