Dean's message for fall, 2017

Photo of Dean Joe Aistrup

From Dean Aistrup:

Greetings and welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful summer. This year Auburn University is celebrating the 125th anniversary of women being admitted to attend Auburn and earn a degree. CLA’s Women’s Leadership Institute and Women’s Studies Program will be hosting a variety of events and lectures to commemorate this milestone, including a speech by Governor Kay Ivey on October 26th at 4:00 pm in Telfair Peet Theatre. Please put this date on your calendar and plan to attend. In addition, The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities has reprinted an updated version of the history of women at Auburn University written by alumna Leah Rawls Atkins. The book titled Blossoms Amid the Deep Verdure: A Century of Women at Auburn 1892-1992 With Additional Material 1992-2007 can be purchased by contacting the Center at     

As we return to the classroom, I wanted to tell you about some other exciting things happening in CLA this fall.

The master of social work program is up and running with its first class of 16 students. An advanced standing program will follow in summer 2018.

The Department of Economics has moved to offices in Miller Hall. The first floor of Miller Hall, which will permanently house Economics, is currently undergoing renovations.

Proposed new interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees in international and global studies, and in women’s and gender studies, have been submitted to the university curriculum committee for approval. We look forward to offering these new degrees in fall 2018.

Construction on the new band storage and dressing room facilities at the Birchfield Practice Field is complete. We hope to break ground on the new rehearsal hall adjacent to Goodwin in the next few months.

Kudos to the following faculty and staff members:

  • Sridhar Krishnamurti from the Department of Communication Disorders and Stephanie Karch, an audiologist from USAARL- Fort Rucker, received $870,000 for a tinnitus-fMRI study from the US Army MOMRP program.
  • Ana Franco-Watkins from the Department of Psychology, along with Joellen Sefton and James Witte, received a $298,000 federal award to study game-based learning and simulation/virtual working environments to provide state-of-the-art solutions for aviation safety training. The award includes a 1:1 match from the AU Aviation Center for a total project cost of $596,000. 
  • Barbara Yates, office supervisor in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, received a Spirit of Excellence Award for August 2017.

We also look forward to welcoming President Steven Leath to the college on Tuesday, August 29. He plans to tour several areas and meet with small groups of faculty and students.

Please be sure to check the CLA online events calendar and make plans to attend one of our lectures, exhibits, book talks, concerts, or performances. There are many to choose from this fall, and you can find something for every interest on our calendar. I encourage you to attend at least one event this fall. You’ll be glad you did.

If you’re interested in staying up-to-date with all that’s happening on campus, please be sure to follow up on our facebook, twitter, and Instagram pages.   

Have a fantastic semester!


War Eagle,


Joe Aistrup
Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Auburn University


Last Updated: August 22, 2017