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CMU humanities, social and behavioral sciences dean appointed

CMU humanities, social and behavioral sciences dean appointed

Richard Rothaus to assume leadership role Aug. 1

Contact: Ari Harris


mug-Rothaus mugshot.jpgCentral Michigan University Provost Michael Gealt today announced Richard Rothaus has been appointed dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, following a national search.

He will assume leadership of the university's largest college Aug. 1.

Rothaus joins CMU from the North Dakota University System, where he has served as vice chancellor of academic and student affairs since 2015, and director of academic programs, research and accreditation from 2014-2015.

In addition to his administrative positions, Rothaus has been a research associate at North Dakota State University's Center for Heritage Renewal since 2012. He also acted as a consulting archeologist for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe from 2006-2014 and as president and principal investigator for Trefoil Cultural and Environmental from 2008-2014.

Rothaus taught in the history departments at St. Cloud State University and Oklahoma State University and served as assistant vice president for research and faculty development at St. Cloud State from 2000-2008. He earned a doctoral degree in history from Ohio State University, a master's degree from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor's degree from Florida State University.

As dean, Rothaus will lead all operations of the college — which is composed of several academic departments, interdisciplinary programs, institutes and centers — and provide leadership for all undergraduate and graduate programs within the college. He also will serve on the Council of Deans, Academic Senate and Academic Planning Council.

Rothaus was one of three finalists selected by the 15-member search committee chaired by Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, College of Education and Human Services dean. Other committee members include:

  • Carlin Borsheim-Black, English language and literature department.
  • Rae Buchholz, English Language Institute.
  • Laura Cochrane, sociology, anthropology and social work department.
  • Colleen Green, Office of Native American Programs.
  • Thomas Greitens, political science and public administration department.
  • Tim Hartshorne, psychology department.
  • LTC Robert May, military science and leadership department.
  • Robert Noggle, philosophy and religion department.
  • Anna Owens, Student Government Association.
  • Amy Ransom, world languages and cultures department.
  • Greg Smith, history department.
  • Cherie Strachan, School of Public Service and Global Citizenship.
  • Jon Humiston, provost's office.
  • Cali Clark, human resources representative.

Rothaus will replace interim dean Marcy Taylor, who has served as CHSBS's interim dean since the retirement of former dean Pamela Gates in January.


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