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The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to enhance the scientific, ethical and cultural foundation of society through education, research, creative activity and community engagement, thereby improving our individual and collective quality of life. Our faculty, staff and
students discover and share knowledge, understand and appreciate diversity, create and analyze art, and engage and enrich our local and global communities.

Our dean’s office is located on the sixth floor of the Education Building. (208) 426-1414

Dean's Office Team

  • Portrait of Leslie

    Leslie Durham

    Interim Dean; Professor of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing

  • Doug Bullock

    Associate Dean; Professor of Mathematics

    Contact Doug about budget and finance questions.

    Contact Doug about budget and finance questions.

  • Kathleen Keys, Art, faculty/staff, studio portrait, Priscilla Grover photo

    Kathleen Keys

    Associate Dean; Interim Director of School of the Arts; Professor of Art, Design and Visual Studies

    Kathleen is the liaison for: Art, Design and Visual Studies, Music, and Theatre, Film and Creative Writing. Additionally, contact her about School of the Arts.

    Kathleen is the liaison for: Art, Design and Visual Studies, Music, and Theatre, Film and Creative Writing. Additionally, contact her about School of the Arts.

  • Portrait of Kelly

    Kelly Myers

    Interim Associate Dean; Associate Professor of English

    Kelly is the liaison for: Bachelor of Applied Science, Gender Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, and World Languages. Additionally, contact her about Beyond the Major and Storyboard.

    Kelly is the liaison for: Bachelor of Applied Science, Gender Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, and World Languages. Additionally, contact her about Beyond the Major and Storyboard.

  • Portrait of CJ

    CJ Northrup

    Associate Dean; Professor of Geosciences

    CJ is the liason for: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication and Media, English, Geosciences, Math, Physics, and Psychology. Additionally, contact him about COAS graduate programs.

    CJ is the liason for: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication and Media, English, Geosciences, Math, Physics, and Psychology. Additionally, contact him about COAS graduate programs.

  • Melanie Bannister, Advancement staff

    Melanie Bannister

    Director of Development

    Contact Melanie about development and giving opportunities.

    Contact Melanie about development and giving opportunities.

  • Portrait of Jim

    Jim Ogle

    Director of Development

    Contact Jim about development and giving opportunities related to School of the Arts.

    Contact Jim about development and giving opportunities related to School of the Arts.

  • Portrait of Makenzie

    Makenzie Phillips

    Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives

    Contact Makenzie about academic and faculty grievances, chair’s council, college scholarships, employee action forms (EAFs), employee contracts, faculty recruitment and hiring, letters of appointment (LOAs), parental leave, personnel items, policy inquiries, sabbatical applications, scheduling for the Dean, strategic initiatives, and tenure and promotion.

    Contact Makenzie about academic and faculty grievances, chair’s council, college scholarships, employee action forms (EAFs), employee contracts, faculty recruitment and hiring, letters of appointment (LOAs), parental leave, personnel items, policy inquiries, sabbatical applications, scheduling for the Dean, strategic initiatives, and tenure and promotion.

  • Portrait of Robert

    Robert Allen

    Grants Accountant

    Contact Robert about grants and p-cards.

    Contact Robert about grants and p-cards.

  • Portrait of Kenna Cox

    Kenna Cox

    Operations Coordinator

    Contact Kenna about academic adjustments and other student forms, curriculum changes, events, general operations questions, scheduling for Associate Deans, social media requests, and the website.

    Contact Kenna about academic adjustments and other student forms, curriculum changes, events, general operations questions, scheduling for Associate Deans, social media requests, and the website.

  • Portrait of Marcy

    Marcy Harmer

    Business Manager

    Contact Marcy about College of Arts and Sciences business operations.

    Contact Marcy about College of Arts and Sciences business operations.