Message from the Dean
The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS) sits proudly at the core of Virginia Tech. In our place at the hub, we are privileged to touch, and be touched by, every undergraduate student (and many graduate students) who becomes part of the Hokie community. Where we students, faculty, and colleagues come together, connections are made—within the college and throughout the university—and are borne with us into the wider world.
An active, diverse, and vibrant contributor to the institutional whole, CLAHS attends laudably to all three prominent university domains—teaching, discovery, and engagement. Its scope and breadth of interest are evident not just in the people who comprise it or the broad range of endeavor manifest throughout and beyond it, but also in the realms of discipline housed within it. Consider the amazing enhancements our world has received from those involved in the arts and humanities, the commitments we have made to justice and equality by way of the social and human sciences. And where would any of us be without educators?
From my perspective as dean, I am extremely proud of our commitment to teaching, to passing on the varied and precious wealth of knowledge we as a college possess, and of our ability to enrich the world through its sharing. Our ongoing engagement with learning continues to inspire teacher and student alike, and research activity spanning every kind of creative, scholarly, social, and education inquiry provides empirical evidence for the solid foundations of our work.
My greatest wishes for the future are that the CLAHS will take its rightful place at the nucleus of the university, that we will effectively articulate our value to the outside world, and that each of our students will leave this great institution with a sense of pride and prestige because of who we are and what we do. I look forward to watching and aiding the progression of our students and alumni as the spheres of their reach and influence broaden, radiating outward in a spiral of life and connectedness.
Sue Ott Rowlands