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UALR Taps Bond-Maupin as Founding Dean of College of Social Sciences, Communication

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Lisa Bond-Maupin has been named the founding dean of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s College of Social Sciences and Communication.

Bond-Maupin will assume her duties July 7. Her salary will be $158,000.

She called it a privilege to become the founding dean of the college.

“The staff and faculty of this new college share commitments to relevant scholarship and creative activity, engagement through community partnerships, and providing students with learning opportunities beyond the classroom,” Bond-Maupin said in a news release. 

The college will house eight departments — including the School of Mass Communication and the departments of Speech Communication, Rhetoric and Writing, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, Political Science and the Institute of Government — and offer degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctorate levels.

Zulma Toro, UALR’s executive vice chancellor and provost, said Bond-Maupin was the right leader for the college’s top spot.

“Dr. Bond-Maupin’s dedication to faculty and student success, her wealth of experience in building academic programs and departments, and dedication to diversity in all its dimensions will serve the college and our institution well,” Toro said in the news release.

Bond-Maupin comes to UALR from New Mexico State where she is currently the associate dean for Planning and Department Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has served in various positions at the university, which she first joined in 1995 as an assistant professor of sociology and anthropology. 

More: Read Bond-Maupin’s cover letter and résumé (PDFs).

Bond-Maupin received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Missouri, her master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University and her doctorate in justice studies, also from Arizona State University.

She was one of three finalists from a pool of 20 candidates for the job. Phillip Bridgmon, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Northeastern State University, and Eric Freedman of Queens University, were also finalists. Freedman later withdrew from consideration.

Michael Schwartz, dean of the William H. Bowen School of Law, chaired the 14-person search committee. The search officially launched Feb. 20.

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