Meet the Dean
As dean of the largest and most academically diverse college on the University of Arkansas campus, I believe that practicing servant leadership and maintaining a people-first focus is the key to our success.
Our college, which consists of more than 8,700 students and more than 900 faculty and staff, provides the majority of the university’s core curriculum and offers a multitude of degrees in the fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences.
Having spent more than 27 years on this campus, I consider the University of Arkansas my home. And I am proud to serve in a role where I can bolster and collaborate with some of the most brilliant minds in our state.
I became dean in 2014, after serving as a professor of political science since 1994 and as an administrator since 2000. Previous roles I have served in include associate director for the J. William Fulbright Institute of International Relations, chair of the Department of Political Science, founding director of the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society, interim associate dean of the Clinton School of Public Service and dean of the Graduate School and International Education.
During my time as dean, I am also proud to have led the creation of the university’s School of Art in 2017 after an unprecedented $120 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation. The School of Art is the first and only accredited, collegiate school of art in the state of Arkansas. This gift was a portion of the $220 million raised for our college during our most recent capital campaign, Campaign Arkansas.
I am passionate about and committed to student success, teaching and research excellence, sustainable growth, and diversity and inclusion.
I am honored to lead such phenomenal instructors, teachers, staff members and researchers who are doing amazing things to better our community and the world beyond, all while continuing to give our students their all.
And I am more appreciative than words can express for our incredible students and that our college has been home to more than 50 percent of the U of A’s alumni who continue to grow, succeed and strive to create the best possible future for us all.
Todd Shields, Dean
What are people saying about Dean Shields
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