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College of Arts and Sciences welcomes new dean

Dr. Justin Rose will join the University of Redlands as the new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on July 1, 2023.

Dr. Rose joins the University of Redlands from Rhodes College in Tennessee, where he served as the Dean for Faculty Recruitment, Development, and Diversity and Chair of the Department of Politics and Law. In these roles, he collaborated with multiple academic programs to meet the college’s strategic planning goals. He also worked with the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives on the Rhodes framework for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Strategies (IDEAS).

Dr. Rose has a strong record of bringing stakeholders together to reimagine, enhance, and champion the liberal arts. While at Rhodes, he managed the budget, search process, and negotiation for all tenure-track and visiting faculty positions. Dr. Rose also has experience in designing customized retention strategies for faculty. As dean, he worked within a shared governance structure to reconstitute several majors and minors, which supported overall strategic growth priorities.

In addition to his academic leadership roles, Dr. Rose has experience implementing enrollment and retention strategies. This will be key as our University strives to increase enrollment across campus, especially within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Before his time at Rhodes, Dr. Rose was an associate professor of political science and director of the Africana Studies program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. More recently, Dr. Rose served as an administrative fellow in the Office of Enrollment Services and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University, where he enhanced the school’s recruitment of underrepresented groups.

Dr. Rose has a Ph.D. in government from the University of Virginia. He received his M.A. in political science from Baylor University and has a B.A. in political science from Rutgers University. In 2019, Rose published his first book, "The Drum Major Instinct: Martin Luther King, Jr’s Theory of Political Service," with the University of Georgia Press.

As dean of the College, Dr. Rose will partner with leaders across campus to identify and create strategies and interventions to increase enrollment and retention. He will also work alongside faculty and staff to address challenges associated with changing student demographics, as the higher education landscape continues to change rapidly.

"This is a critical time for our University," said U of R Provost Adrienne McCormick. "Using our new strategic plan as a guide, I look forward to working with Dr. Rose on reimagining the student experience and fostering an environment where everyone within the University community feels supported and engaged."