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DATE: March 19, 2004
Kathryn Anderson-Levitt named dean of the College of
Arts, Sciences, and Letters at the University of Michigan-Dearborn
DEARBORN---Kathryn Anderson-Levitt, who joined the faculty at the University
of Michigan-Dearborn in 1984, has been named dean of the College of Arts,
Sciences, and Letters (CASL), pending approval by the U-M Regents. Her
appointment was approved by the Regents at their March 18 meeting.
Anderson-Levitt has been interim dean of CASL since July 2003.
"Prof. Anderson-Levitt has been an ardent spokesperson and advocate
for the liberal arts and sciences, and I am confident that she will bring
vital leadership to the College as it looks forward to defining its strengths
and developing a clearer common vision that will distinguish it within
the campus and the greater Detroit metropolitan area," according
to UM-Dearborn Provost Robert L. Simpson.
Anderson-Levitt has a national and international reputation as an anthropologist
studying educational issues in a global context. 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 she edited Local Meanings, Global Schooling: Anthropology and
World Culture Theory.
She also 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.
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 was associate dean of CASL from 2001 until being
named interim dean last year.
"Professor Anderson-Levitt has served as an effective leader at
virtually all levels of university governance," Simpson said. "In
all of these roles, she has exhibited a thoughtful and strong style of
leadership and demonstrated the capacity to deal in positive ways with
a diverse faculty and multiple constituencies on campus and in the community."
Anderson-Levitt received her bachelor's degree from the University of
Southern California and her doctorate from Stanford University in 1982.