SMU’s new dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences is an academic administrator with experience in strategic affairs as well as an accomplished scholar-teacher in English and ethnic studies. Her appointment is effective July 1.
Cordelia Chávez Candelaria comes to SMU from Arizona State University in Tempe. She is Regents Professor in the Department of English and the Department of Transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, a department she once chaired. She also serves as associate dean of the Office of Strategic Initiatives in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU.
“We are so pleased that Dr. Cordelia Candelaria will be joining our faculty as dean of Dedman College and University Distinguished Professor of English. She brings an extraordinary wealth of academic and administrative experience to our campus, and she will lead the largest academic unit at SMU,” says Paul Ludden, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “What impressed everyone who met with her during the interview process was her ability to think strategically across the spectrum of disciplines represented in the College.”
As founding associate dean for the Office of Strategic Initiatives at ASU, Candelaria has focused on enhancing diversity among faculty, administrators and staff for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as advancing interdisciplinary academic programs. Previously, as vice president for academic affairs for the ASU downtown Phoenix campus, she assisted with preparations to open the full-service city campus, including ASU’s first Information Commons integrating IT, campus library and global Web information systems. She was instrumental in developing curricula and establishing a faculty governance system for the downtown campus.