Pacific Lutheran University announcement.
A long-planned academic restructure is being implemented that organizes Pacific Lutheran University’s academic programs into four colleges: the College of Health Professions; the College of Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Social Sciences; the College of Natural Sciences; and the College of Professional Studies.
“We’re very grateful to the faculty and staff all over campus who have made time to participate in this process,” said PLU Provost Joanna Gregson. “A restructure of this magnitude is an intensive endeavor, and this work has required significant commitment, flexibility, and labor.”
The academic restructure was approved by the faculty in December 2021 and by the PLU Board of Regents in February 2022. While formally being implemented this summer, the work will continue into next year.
After the four-college model was approved, the Provost’s Academic Council facilitated a process by which academic programs each determined which college they would join. The final organizational roster of the four colleges is available here.
“This new model will improve our administrative efficiency – while recognizing our academic strengths and the specialized work performed by each of the colleges and their academic sub-units,” said PLU Provost Joanna Gregson.
In May, PLU Regents ratified the appointment of the deans who will lead the four colleges. Ann Auman will serve as dean of the College of Natural Sciences. Cameron Bennett will serve as the dean of the College of Professional Studies. David Ward will serve as dean of the College of Health Professions. Patricia Bixel will serve as interim dean of the College of Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Social Sciences. Among other responsibilities,the four college deans will provide direct supervision and strategic leadership for their respective colleges and support faculty achievement, development and excellence. As senior university leaders, they will also serve on the Provost’s academic council.
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“With the four newly designed colleges and their subdivisions, we will continue our purposeful integration of liberal arts, professional studies, and civic engagement with contributions from each of the four colleges to the core curriculum,” said Gregson. “Liberal arts education will remain the common foundation for students across all four colleges, as will PLU’s commitment to integrating socially impactful civic engagement across its community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and partners.”
A wide variety of additional efforts connected to the restructure are underway across campus, including but not limited to revisions to the faculty governance system, analyzing how workloads are distributed between academic administrators and professional staff, and exploring interconnections between the programs forming each new college to see where curricular or other opportunities might be possible.
PLU’s Four Academic Colleges
College of Health Professions
Marriage and Family Therapy
College of Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Social Sciences
Gender, Sexuality and Race Studies
Holocaust & Genocide Studies
Languages and Literatures
Master of Fine Arts
Native American & Indigenous Studies
Publishing & Printing Arts
Sociology & Criminal Justice
STEM Education Minor
College of Natural Sciences
College of Professional Studies
Communication, Media & Design Arts
Theatre & Dance
Note: General Education, First Year Experience and International Honors will continue to reside under the Office of the Provost.
Read the rest of the announcement at the PLU website.