Wolfe named acting arts and science dean The University of South Dakota College of Arts and Sciences has named Susan Wolfe acting dean of the college for the 2001-2002 school year.
Wolfe, who was associate dean of the college, was named acting dean in June. She fills the position following the retirement of John Carlson, who served as dean for the past 13 years.
Wolfe first came to USD in 1973 as an assistant English professor. She became the chair of the English department, a position she held for 14 years until becoming the associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences this spring.
Wolfe said she hopes to continue to teach her courses in linguistics, gender studies and modern American literature within the department.
"Susan Wolfe is one of the most respected faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences. She has extensive leadership experience as chair of the English department, which she has turned into one of the strongest departments on campus. The choice seemed logical to have her fill the role of acting dean," said Don Dahlin, USD vice president of academic affairs.
Being the largest college at USD, the College of Arts and Sciences needs to remain a pillar of the university, Wolfe said.
"The history of the institution is to have strong program in liberal arts and sciences," she said. "I'm hoping to strengthen some programs that are very important to the college and university as a whole."
Wolfe said she hopes to continue Carlson's strong relationship with the instructors within the college.
"John did a wonderful job because he is very concerned with balancing the needs of the programs and the budget with, what he called, 'respect for human dignity,'" Wolfe said. "He has been a very, very strong advocate for the faculty and, I believe, most of the faculty believe he has been a good dean because of that. If I am going to fill his shoes at all, that is something I have to remember."
A native of New York City, Wolfe received her baccalaureate and doctorate degrees from State University of New York at Stony Brook.
She has a 30-year-old son and she became a grandmother last fall with the birth of her granddaughter.