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Dean's Message

Portrait of Deborah Uman

Dr. Deborah Uman, Dean


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Amanda Sowerby, Assoc. Dean



The past year has taught us just how important it is to expect the unexpected. It has also taught us to be grateful for the everyday heroism of frontline workers, to understand the impact of our actions on our communities and to reevaluate what we value most in the world.

Many of us yearn to gather together again to consume live performances and to discuss our ideas without technological or cloth barriers. This pandemic has reminded us of the importance of the arts and humanities – they fuel our passions, spur our creativity and ignite our curiosity.  As Michelle Obama said, “The arts and humanities define who we are as a people. That is their power -- to remind us of what we each have to offer, and what we all have in common. To help us understand our history and imagine our future. To give us hope in the moments of struggle and to bring us together when nothing else will.”

The pandemic has also challenged us to find new ways to connect. The Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities has risen to the occasion, through hybrid classrooms, streaming performances, pop-up exhibits and virtual lectures.  These innovations will not disappear when the virus does but rather will help us improve access to events and drive job creation in the coming years.

Students of the arts and humanities are well equipped to enter this world of accelerated change in which careers are evolving in unforeseeable ways.  We know from research that as new technologies displace existing jobs, graduates will be changing careers on average 7 to 10 times during their lifetime. The big question is: What traits and skills are required to pivot successfully from one career to the next when disruption inevitably occurs? The answer, according to leading labor researchers, is the adaptability that derives from a broad humanities and arts education. The principle is simple: Just as a diverse investment portfolio provides protection against market downturns, a diverse set of problem-solving skills protects against job obsolescence.

The Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities has built a reputation as one of the United States' foremost colleges for arts and humanities education.

With committed faculty, student-focused teaching and state-of-the-art facilities, we commit to providing an education that offers both professional skills and opportunities to ask and answer the crucial questions of our times.  

During your time at WSU, we promise to:

  • Deliver a broad-based liberal arts education that fosters flexible thinking and problem-solving skills combined with opportunities for developing career-ready technical skills
  • Provide small classes with personal attention from highly talented faculty dedicated to your career success not only today, but for a lifetime
  • Facilitate high-quality internships and professionalizing experiences, thus ensuring that you have the skills and competencies valued by most employers in the local or global economy.

Our mission in the Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities is designed to help you not just prepare for uncertainties, but now "Embrace the Unexpected." 

If you want more information on the endless career possibilities for graduates of the arts and humanities or if you have any questions about our programs, please email the dean’s office at We look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Deborah Uman
Dean of the Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities
and Professor of English