Kathryn Sloan has been named interim dean for the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, effective today.
Sloan had been serving as interim vice provost for academic affairs, and she is taking over for Todd Shields, who was named chancellor of Arkansas State University last month. Shield had been dean since 2014.
Sloan is also returning to the college where she began her career with the UA 18 years ago.
From October 2019-June 2022, Sloan was the vice provost for faculty affairs. Under her leadership, the Office of Faculty Affairs implemented a suite of faculty development programming, including peer mentoring circles, the Bridge program and a workshop series on mentoring graduate students and postdocs.
She has also served as associate dean for the humanities in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, chair of the Department of History and director of graduate studies and associate chair in the Department of History. She is the author of three books on Latin American history, most recently “Suicide and the Social Imaginary in Modern Mexico.”
Sloan serves as a reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright and area studies fellowships as well.
In addition, the university said she was instrumental in launching the Arkansas Humanities Center as its inaugural director. She assembled a cross-campus team to start Arkansas Stories of Place and Belonging, a public scholarship and engagement series funded by a Chancellor's Innovation & Collaboration Grant.
Sloan holds her bachelor's degree in psychology from Kansas State University, master's degrees in business administration and Latin American studies and a doctorate in Latin American history from the University of Kansas.