An Update From Dr. Jonathan Bowman, Associate Dean - College of Arts & Sciences

Monday, February 17, 2014

As some of you may know, I recently accepted the position of Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences here at the University of San Diego. I wanted to take this opportunity to talk a little bit about what I'll be doing over the next few years, and how that new position may cause things to look different on campus. And yes, I will look different – you might even see me wearing a tie regularly! But, do not fear: my excessive collections of dri-fit polo shirts and sarcastic t-shirts are still getting plenty of wear-and-tear (despite the mockery I receive from many of you.)

The biggest change will be that I am only teaching one class each semester. If you are wondering what I'll be doing with the rest of my time, many of you may be surprised to find that I'll actually be spending more time interacting directly with students and faculty, albeit in a different capacity. One of the great things about being in my new position is the opportunity to work directly with the Preceptorial Program and the Living Learning Communities. I'll be helping to train and support Preceptorial Assistants, who are among the finest students USD has to offer, as they help freshmen and transfer students make the transition to the college experience. I'll also be co-directing the Living-Learning Community program, building and expanding upon our three years of success here at USD. Hopefully I won't see any readers in one of those academic integrity hearings that will now fall under my purview; we take those violations incredibly seriously! Finally, I may interact with many of you around the idea of academic success, as I'll be helping encourage academic support and guidance to those students who find themselves struggling with Academic Probation or Academic Disqualification; the CAS Dean's Office truly does want to help undergraduate students succeed!

I'm also going to be on campus a whole lot more, and I'm still actively involved in mentoring undergraduate research and encouraging people to consider graduate school in Communication Studies. If you want to make an appointment to talk about academic success, advising help, or vocation, I can be scheduled at 619.260.4545 to meet in person in Founders 114. I look forward to seeing many of you throughout your academic experience, both in and out of the classroom!


Dr. Jonathan Bowman
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