Welcome to the College of Arts & Sciences.
In support of Texas Tech’s push to become a university nationally known for its research and teaching, Arts and Sciences is embarking upon a number of new initiatives. In the fall of 2014, each department in the College developed a strategic plan which outlined the research and scholarship areas for which the department aspires to become nationally known. Such strategic planning determines the choice of future faculty hires, brings national attention to the department and its programs, and attracts motivated, high quality undergraduate and graduate students. Each strategic plan will be revisited yearly for continuous assessment and update as each department moves towards its goals.
A&S students have determined that innovation in scholarship, research, and teaching is the distinguishing feature of our College and have encapsulated this distinction in the College’s new tag-line “We Build Innovators.” To spread the word, we have initiated a series of one-minute podcasts, each of which highlights the research of selected faculty. These podcasts air on the Lubbock public radio stations KTXT and KTTZ. A selection of these podcasts also is available for listening right now on the College podcast page; listen in, for example, on the new generation of heroic mathematicians involved in the LAZARUS project.
Innovation in the College has been highlighted by the winner of the University’s inaugural President’s Commercialization Award. This award, which recognizes exceptional contributions to innovation in discovery and technology leading to commercialization having a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society went to Dr. Brian Still, Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric in our Department of English for his development and commercialization of mobile eye-tracking and control devices that support, among other uses, applications for the handicapped and for concussion detection in athletics.
The College continues its proud history of excellence in teaching. This year the Teaching Academy awarded the Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award to the Department of History. The award is given in recognition of “a teaching culture that reflects commitment to students, makes teaching a high departmental priority, and facilitates teaching excellence throughout the department.”
I am pleased and proud to announce the formation of the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Circle, a dedicated group of distinguished alumni and supporters who have agreed to act as my advising body and to assist me in elevating the development and outreach of the College. Recent outreach initiatives have included the first-ever Arts & Sciences football tailgate event, held outside Holden Hall before the TTU-TCU game on Sept. 26 (“Family Weekend”).
The College has significantly developed its enrollment efforts over the last two years. Led by Associate Dean Stefanie Borst, our enrollment director, Colleen Sisneros, and the A&S Student Ambassadors have developed extensive outreach activities with Lubbock area high schools. With the assistance of Dean’s Circle members, we are extending these recruitment activities to high schools in metropolitan areas throughout the state. Coupling with these outreach efforts, generous recent support from the Helen Jones Foundation has enabled Arts & Sciences to offer significantly greater scholarships to recruit talented undergraduates and graduates. In addition to enrollment, the College is focused on improving student success while in college. Our goals are to retain students, advise them towards majors where they will succeed, and work to ensure they can graduate in a timely manner.
As the largest college on campus, what we achieve directly enhances Texas Tech as a whole. That’s a great feeling, a profound responsibility, and a matchless opportunity to make a lasting difference. It takes all of us—administrators, faculty, staff, students, and valued alumni—working hand-in-hand to move Texas Tech forward in its ambitions to become a research university of national renown that remains proud of its student focus.
Won’t you join us?
As dean, I look forward to our partnership and the many advances we will accomplish for the College of Arts & Sciences where “We Build Innovators.”Watch Video: "Getting to Know W. Brent Lindquist" at TexasTechToday.
DR. W. BRENT LINDQUIST
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences