CCAS is a 40-year old national organization consisting of deans of colleges of arts and sciences. CCASS's purpose is to "sustain the arts and sciences as a leading influence in American higher education." The Council serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among deans of arts and sciences. Each year, about 500 deans attend the annual convention.
Moen is serving his fourth year as dean at the university. He has published five books and several dozen articles in the area of American national politics, and is currently teaching a course on American political thought.