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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.

Anderson-Levitt

"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.

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