Susan Gano-Phillips Appointed Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

This information re-posted from an email sent by Doug Knerr, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs:

I’m delighted to announce that Susan Gano-Phillips has accepted the appointment to serve as Interim Dean of theCollege of Arts and Sciences.  This appointment is pending Board of Regents approval.


CAS Interim Dean, Susan Gano-Phillips

Professor Gano-Phillips received her B.S. from the University of Michigan, her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is also a licensed psychologist in the State of Michigan.  She joined the University of Michigan-Flint faculty in 1993 as a Lecturer, was appointed Assistant Professor in 1994, promoted to Associate Professor, with tenure, in 2000, and to Professor in 2011.  She was also appointed as a J. William Fulbright Scholar in general education to the City University of Hong Kong during 2008-09.

Professor Gano-Phillips’ administrative appointments include serving as Director for the Center for Learning and Teaching from 2003-07, faculty liaison for the University Outreach Center for Civic Engagement from 2007-08, Interim Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2010, Chair of the Department of Psychology from 2012-13, Interim Associate Dean from 2013-14, and Associate Dean since 2014.

Professor Gano-Phillips’ scholarly activities include the book A Process Approach to General Education Reform: Transforming Institutional Culture in Higher Education, as well as over 15 refereed journal articles.  She has presented at over 30 conferences including a plenary address at the 2012 Association of American Colleges and Universities General Education and Assessment Conference.  She has also presented over 50 professional development workshops in Hong Kong, India, China, and across the United States.

Professor Gano-Phillips is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and is a strong advocate for civically-engaged learning, having worked in partnership with Whaley Children’s Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint to provide students with experiential learning activities in service to our community.  She has coordinated faculty development collaboration between four area higher education institutions (Quad-POD), served on community boards, and provided consultation to agencies such as Genesee County Family Court, KIND Program, Shelter of Flint, among others.  Her service record on campus is extensive and impactful, encompassing the full range of curricular, governance, and strategic committees and task forces during her tenure.

I look forward to Susan’s leadership in moving the College of Arts and Sciences forward.  Please join me in congratulating her and supporting her in her work.