Dean Kathy Sloan

Welcome to Fall 2022 as we welcome the largest incoming Freshman class we’ve ever had to our beautiful campus!

I want to introduce myself as Fulbright College’s new Interim Dean. Filling the shoes of my dear friend and colleague Todd Shields won’t be easy, but I’m so honored for this opportunity.

And I’m excited, too, because this truly is a homecoming for me – after all, Fulbright College has been my academic home and family since 2004 and this college means so very much to me. 

Fulbright College is a place where I grew as a teacher, scholar, colleague, mentor, and leader. 

It’s where I’ve thrived as a researcher and professor of Mexican history, gender, and culture. 

It’s where I served first as a director, and then as an associate dean and founder of a new center.

But most of all, it’s where I made lifelong connections with many of the folks who are reading this note right now. For all of those and for all the new friends and colleagues I’m looking forward to making in this role, I will be forever grateful.

Most recently, I’ve been serving the U of A in the Provost’s Office, as Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, but I am delighted to return to Fulbright College as Interim Dean. As the academic heart and soul of the U of A, our college is poised for remarkable influence and impact as we embody our mission of “peace through education.” 

It’s inspiring and exciting work, and I’m excited to join you in it. 

So, thank you for welcoming me back, and thank you for your confidence in my ability to lead the college during this pivotal time. 

Thank you also to Dean Shields for all he’s done for the college and to help make it the wonderful place that it is, and thank all of you, for being a part of Fulbright College’s next chapter as we look to the future and write it together!

If I can help in any way, please reach out and let me know. And if you don’t already, another great way to keep up on all things Fulbright College is to subscribe to our Fulbright REVIEW digital publication, and to follow our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages. Our handle is @uarkfulbright on all three. 

Thank you again, take care and be well!




Kathryn Sloan
Interim Dean, Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences