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, Graduate Affairs, Manfred Van Dulmen 
  • Associate Dean, Budget and Faculty Affairs, Eric Mintz
  • Associate Dean, Comparative and Integrative Programs, David Odell-Scott
  • Associate Dean, Curriculum, Mary Ann Haley
  • Associate Dean, Faculty Research and Professional Development, Postdoctoral Affairs, Lique Coolen
  • 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
  • Chair, Department of Anthropology, Mary Ann Raghanti
  • Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Laura Leff
  • Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Soumitra Basu
  • Chair, Department of Computer Science, Javed Khan
  • Chair, Department of English, Robert Trogdon
  • Chair, Department of Geography, Scott Sheridan
  • Chair, Department of Geology, Daniel Holm
  • Chair, Department of History, Kevin Adams 
  • 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, Michael Byron
  • Chair, Department of Physics, James Gleeson
  • Chair, Department of Political Science, Anthony Molina (Interim)
  • Chair, Department of Psychological Sciences, Maria Zaragoza
  • Chair, Department of Sociology, Richard Adams
  • Director, Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute, John West
  • Director, Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program, Tony Jakli
  • Director, School of Peace and Conflict Studies, Neil Cooper 
  • Director, Biomedical Sciences, Ernest Freeman
  • Director, Employee Ownership Center, Roy Messing
  • 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 


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