Todd Shields Named UA Fulbright College Dean

The University of Arkansas announced Monday the next dean for its J. William Fulbright College of Arts, the university's largest academic unit.

Todd Shields, currently the dean of the university's Graduate School and International Education, will become the Fulbright College dean March 24. Shields has been the Fulbright College's interim dean since Aug. 1.

"I'm pleased to have Todd Shields back in Fulbright College," Chancellor G. David Gearhart said in the university release. "He's a proven leader and has the perfect balance of knowledge, skill and empathy to take the campus' largest and most academically diverse college into its next phase of excellence."

Fulbright houses 19 departments and more than 30 academic and interdisciplinary programs, and nine research centers. 

Shields, who holds two bachelor's degrees from Miami University in political science and psychology, earned his master's degree and doctorate in political science at the University of Kentucky. He also attended the Management Development Program in Higher Education at Harvard University and a summer institute in political psychology at Ohio State University.

Shields has published dozens of journal articles and has been author or co-editor of various books. He joined the University of Arkansas in 1994 as an assistant professor of political science, and has also served as professor, director of the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society, and interim dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.