College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

C.L.A.S.S. Promotes Interim Associate Deans

Associate Deans

The College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences is proud to announce the recent promotions of Associate Dean Laurie Roades and Associate Dean Daniel Lewis. Roades recently accepted a position as Dean of the College of Health and Human Development at Cal State Fullerton, while Lewis has been recruited as Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Quality and Assessment in the Provost’s office.

Iris Levine, a long-time Chair of the Department of Music, has agreed to undertake Roades’ previous position as Interim Associate Dean of Academic Personnel and Resources. Levine received her Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Southern California, and has been at Cal Poly Pomona for 26 years. In addition, Levine founded and is Artistic Director for the non-profit choral organization Vox Femina Los Angeles. Levine’s more than 14 years experience as department chair has sufficiently prepared her for her new role. Her new responsibilities include overseeing the hiring and evaluation process; assisting in achieving goals inside and outside the classroom; promoting successes; and bridging interdisciplinary collaborations for faculty. Levine’s ultimate goal is to raise the profile and prominence of the college. “I want to improve things for future generations,” says Levine.

Sara Garver, Vice Chair of the Academic Senate and Professor of Geography and Anthropology, has agreed to take on Lewis’ previous position as Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs. Garver obtained her Doctorate in Geography from UC Santa Barbara, and specialized in satellite oceanography and the effects of climate change. She has been at Cal Poly Pomona for 19 years, and has been part of the Academic Senate for more than 12 years. In her new position, Garver will be in charge of academic programs, both graduate and undergraduate, scholarships and the College Advising Center. She hopes to improve student engagement, assist in the semester conversion, and promote the success of the college through effective public relations. “We need to advertise student life outside of the classroom,” says Garver.

Both Levine and Garver are excited for this new opportunity to work closely with the Dean to advance the goals of the college. Together, they look forward to creating community, encouraging continued growth within C.L.A.S.S., and better preparing students for life, leadership, and careers in a rapidly changing multicultural world.