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Dr. Debbie Storrs named Dean of UND College of Arts & Sciences

Posted on 6/4/2013

Dr. Debbie Storrs, UND's new Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Debbie Storrs, UND's new Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
University of North Dakota Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo has appointed Dr. Debbie Storrs as the Dean of UND's College of Arts & Sciences. Currently Associate Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences and professor of sociology at the University of Idaho, Storrs will assume her duties on June 25, 2013. She succeeds Dr. Kathleen Tiemann, who has served as Interim Dean of Arts & Sciences and who has been named Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.

"I am thrilled to have someone of Dr. Storrs' caliber joining the UND family. My read of the search committee's findings and my discussions with many faculty and staff members and students was that all of our impressions were identical regarding Dr. Storrs being the right person to lead the Arts & Sciences College at this time," said DiLorenzo.

"I am honored to join the University of North Dakota as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and I am enthusiastic about the opportunities in this foundational college. With a profound sense of duty and a commitment to collaboration, I look forward to working with outstanding faculty, staff, students, alumni and university administration and through external partnerships as we collectively support and cultivate an exceptional UND," said Storrs.

DiLorenzo thanked the search committee, chaired by Dr. Hesham El-Rewini, Dean of the UND College of Engineering and Mines, and credited the search committee for attracting a strong slate of candidates. "I want to thank Dean El-Rewini and the rest of the members of the search committee for their excellent hard work. I am convinced, based on my conversations with many of the stakeholders here at UND, that Dr. Storrs is an outstanding professional. She will take our College of Arts & Sciences from excellent to exceptional."

Dr. Debbie Storrs

Dr. Debbie Storrs was named Associate Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Idaho in February 2007. She also served as Interim Chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures, August 2008-July 2009.

She joined the University of Idaho as assistant professor of sociology in 1997, becoming associate professor in 2003, and a professor in 2010.

Storrs earned a Ph.D. in sociology and an M.S. in sociology, University of Oregon, and a B.A. in sociology, University of Alaska, Anchorage. Her research focuses on teaching pedagogy, community action and health inequities, qualitative methods and narratives, racial/gendered identities, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. Her publication record includes an edited book, several book chapters and many refereed journal articles.

Storrs has received many awards, including the Teaching Excellence Award (2003), Advising Excellence Award (2007), and Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award (2004), all University of Idaho; Virginia Wolf Distinguished Service Award (2003), University of Idaho Women's Center; Humanities Fellow (2006-07); Athena Woman of the Year Award (2010); 2009 Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Perspectives Award for her article, "Critical Literacy Among the Working Poor"; Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Faculty Member Award (2007); Naval ROTC Faculty Excellence Award (2007); and Alumni Associate Award for Excellence (2006).

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