Dr. Robert Ulin Joins RIT as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Aug. 1

Ulin is an international expert in the theory and the anthropology of work

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Rochester Institute of Technology President Bill Destler and incoming Provost Jeremy Haefner are pleased to announce that Robert Ulin has been named the new dean of RIT’s College of Liberal Arts. Ulin currently serves as chair of the Department of Anthropology at Western Michigan University and is an international expert in the theory and the anthropology of work. Ulin will begin his duties at RIT on Aug. 1.

“I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Robert Ulin to the RIT community,” says Haefner, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, who joins RIT on July 1. “Dr. Ulin’s teaching, administrative, and scholarship record, as well as his approach to liberal arts, is a great fit for the College of Liberal Arts. I am very appreciative of the hard work that the search committee put into this process. They were extremely thorough and we had a fantastic pool of candidates. I am thrilled to have Dr. Ulin emerge as our next dean of the College of Liberal Arts.”

Ulin has served as chair of the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan since 1999. During that time, Ulin has focused on enhancing the national reputation of the department and increasing interdisciplinary ties with other academic units. This includes the creation of a joint graduate certificate program in ethnohistory, in collaboration with the Department of History. Prior to joining Western Michigan, Ulin served as chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Alleghany College from 1993-98.

Ulin is the author of three books, including Understanding Cultures: Perspectives in Anthropology and Social Theory, which has been translated into both Spanish and Chinese. He has a particular interest in the development of the wine industry in various cultures and has lectured and written widely on the topic. Ulin is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and a member of the Fulbright Senior Specialists Roster, a collection of leading scholars who are chosen by the Fulbright Foundation and the U.S. Department of State to lecture abroad and pursue cooperative programs with foreign universities.

“I am very excited about assuming the position of Dean of the College of Liberal Arts because the college has an outstanding faculty that already has in place innovative programs and an interest in building new programmatic ties to other colleges at RIT,” Ulin says. “I am eager to work with Liberal Arts faculty to implement their strategic plan and to develop a stronger profile for the college in terms of both interdisciplinary programs and programs that have a focused global direction. I welcome this exciting opportunity at RIT because it coincides with my long standing interests in global education and interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship.”

Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging technology, and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for students with hearing loss. Nearly 16,000 full- and part-time students are enrolled in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs at RIT, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

For nearly two decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities. The Princeton Review features RIT in its 2007 Best 361 Colleges rankings and named the university one of America’s “Most Wired Campuses.” RIT is also featured in Barron’s Best Buys in Education.