Dever Leaves Arts and Science ‘Better and Stronger’
Dever became interim dean of the College of Arts and Science on July 1, 2008, and was appointed dean in December 2008. Previously, she had served as executive dean of Arts and Science and associate dean for graduate education.
As dean of Vanderbilt’s largest school with nearly 4,200 students, Dever has accomplished much. Under her leadership the number of applicants to the college has risen from 14,596 in 2009 to 22,835 in 2013. External awards for support of faculty research have increased from $37.3 million to $47.9 million. Giving to the college has increased from $10.4 million to $15.8 million, resulting in more than 40 new endowed chairs and 118 new scholarship funds.
Since joining the Vanderbilt faculty in 2000, Dever has taught courses in both English and women’s and gender studies. She directed graduate studies in English, co-directed two faculty fellows programs at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, and served as acting director of the program in women’s and gender studies.
“Our university and the College of Arts and Science are better and stronger because of Carolyn’s academic leadership,” says Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos. Zeppos has appointed John M. Sloop, senior associate dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of communication studies, as interim dean beginning July 1, 2014.