Pamela Gates, Central Michigan University's College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences dean, has announced her retirement, effective Jan. 15, 2018.
Gates was named dean in 2011 after serving as interim dean in 2007 and from 2009 to 2010. She was associate dean from 2001 to 2009 and prior to that was an English faculty member for more than 10 years.
"We are grateful for the academic leadership that Dean Gates has provided CMU for more than three decades," Provost Michael Gealt said. "Her impact will continue through the programs, scholarships and the endowed professorships, chair positions and speaker series she helped to create. We wish her the best in her retirement."
In the classroom, Gates taught courses such as children's literature, fantasy literature for children, young adult literature, multicultural literature for children, heroic traditions in literature for children and graduate seminars in children's literature. She also has reviewed books for the WCMU Children's Bookshelf for several years.
Gates was named CMU Woman of the Year in 2011. She also was instrumental in the repatriation of 144 ancestral remains and over 300 funerary objects to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.
Gates earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English language and literature from CMU. Her doctoral degree is from Michigan State University.