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DATE: July 11, 2003


Kathryn Anderson-Levitt appointed interim dean at UM-Dearborn

DEARBORN---Kathryn M. Anderson-Levitt, professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, has been appointed interim dean of the campus's College of Arts, Science, and Letters (CASL) for a one-year term.

Her appointment was approved by the U-M Regents at their June meeting. She will replace Paul Wong, who became dean of the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University on July 1.

Anderson-Levitt has been associate dean of CASL since 2001, where she has been responsible for overseeing most of the college-wide programs, self-study and assessment within the college, and initiatives in undergraduate education.

"Professor Anderson-Levitt has served as an effective leader at virtually all levels of university governance," according to Chancellor Daniel Little. "As interim dean, she will be expected to provide leadership to the college in all matters related to curriculum, appointments, budget, alumni and donor cultivation, and external relations. She also will be valuable member of the campus's leadership team during this period."

Anderson-Levitt joined the UM-Dearborn faculty as assistant professor of anthropology in 1984 and was promoted to associate professor in 1990 and professor in 1996. She was director of the Women's Studies Program in 1994-95 and has been instrumental in developing the campus's "Agenda for Women."

She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and her doctorate from Stanford University in 1982.

Her research has focused on education in a global context, and she was editor of the scholarly journal Anthropology and Education Quarterly. With grants from the World Bank and the Spencer Foundation, she studied elementary schools in Guinea in the 1990s.

In addition to numerous articles, papers and technical reports, she is the author of Teaching Cultures: Knowledge for Teaching First Grade in France and the United States and edited Local Meanings, Global Schooling: Anthropology and World Culture Theory.

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