Tuesday, August 16, 2016
I am writing to share some important news about Professor Keith James in American Indian Studies. Effective immediately, Keith will step down as Head of the AIS Department and assume a new campus-wide leadership role as Director of Tribal Initiatives in the Government & Community Relations’ Tribal Relations unit. There he will work closely with Karen Francis-Begay, Assistant Vice President for Tribal Relations. Keith’s high level of knowledge and energy will help ensure that the UA’s expertise in innovative research, educational partnering, and community engagement is available to Native tribes across Arizona (and beyond). I want to thank Keith for his work in AIS this past year and I look forward to seeing the results of this new position.
While we initiate the process of identifying new leadership for AIS, the department will be administered from within the Dean’s Office. Working collaboratively with AIS faculty, Associate Dean Amy Kimme Hea and her team will be responsible for instruction and engagement. Associate Dean Monica Casper will convene faculty meetings and assist the unit with governance. None of these changes affect the AIS GIDP, which is currently being led by Ron Trosper.
Once again my congratulations to Keith for this exciting opportunity.
John Paul Jones III, Dean
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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