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Academic Affairs

Providing leadership and resources to support the intellectual and professional growth of students, faculty and staff. 

Virtual Office Hours

Due to COVID-19, we are available virtually during all regular office hours 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. General inquiries can be sent to Doffice@ursinus.edu.

 

We facilitate curricular and co-curricular experiences that foster students’ intellectual development, moral awareness, and curiosity so they can effectively engage with a complex and ambiguous world.

To fulfill this mission, we develop and sustain a learning environment.  These shared values allow us to model our commitment to education in all that we do:

Curiosity is approaching our work with the idea of not knowing it all; that there is always more to learn; that my perspective and world view are not shared by everyone. It is a sincere interest in dialogue and a desire to add to my knowledge and awareness. It is a willingness to learn from and teach others, and to seek out diverse opinions.

Trust is a fundamental assumption that each individual is always doing his or her best, based on his or her view of the world. There are two parts to trust: trusting the person’s ability to accomplish something, and trusting the person’s commitment as part of a team. Trust is our willingness to suspend judgement in the current moment; to believe the person is honest, capable, and reliable.

Confidence is having the courage, agency, and assurance to provide space for all to think independently, speak honestly, and take risks freely. It enables us to accept challenges, confront difficulty, and overcome obstacles in order to reach our potential both individually and collectively. As leaders we have the confidence to embrace new and innovative ideas in collaboration with others.


Meet Our Deans

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Mark Schneider

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

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Kelly Sorensen

Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Associate Dean of the College

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Professor of English and Associate Dean, Meredith Lynn Goldsmith

Meredith Lynn Goldsmith

Associate Dean, Professor of English

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Nathan Rein

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Assistant Dean of the College
Co-Director, Ursinus Institute

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Stephanie Mackler

Assistant Dean of the College and Professor of Education

“Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it and by the same token save it from that ruin which, except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and young, would be inevitable.” -Hannah Arendt

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Simara Price

Assistant Professor of Biology and Assistant Dean of the College

In addition to teaching introductory level laboratory courses, I have been developing and teaching biology courses that also explore how the field of biology plays a role in the African Diasporic experience in America. The topics we explore in these courses include human evolution, migration and skin pigmentation, medical fallacies, stress and epigenetics, ancestry and many more!

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Our office is located on the main level of Corson Hall.
Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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