Professors Appointed Associated Deans for Graduate Studies and Research

By Robert Bastone, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing
October 14, 2004

Dr. Joel Martin, Interim Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) has recently appointed Professors Scott Coltrane of the Sociology Department and Maurya Simon of the Creative Writing Department as the new Associate Deans for Graduate Studies and Research. Both Professors will collaborate to oversee all affairs having to do with graduate studies and research interests within CHASS.

Associate Dean Coltrane is currently a faculty member and former chair of the Sociology Department and specializes in gender equity and family functioning. Currently he is working collaboratively with researchers from Arizona State University and other UCR faculty on a five year comprehensive project studying how fathers and stepfathers influence the mental health and behavior of teenagers. The project is funded by a $3.5 million dollar grant from the National Institute of Health. He has a BA in Community Studies and an MA and PhD in Sociology all from the University of California, Santa Cruz and is the past recipient of UCR’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor Coltrane has recently been informed that he has been elected to the ranks of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He received this honor for his significant contributions to understanding the social construction of gender, the dynamics of parent-child relationships, and the role of fathers in the family.

Associate Dean Simon is a faculty member and former chair of the Creative Writing Department. She has been published in several periodicals and has published several books of poetry and of other mediums in the past. Her most recent book Ghost Orchid, an exploration of her own ideas of mortality and divinity through the view of Judeo-Christian ideals and mythology, was released this year. She was recently been nominated for a National Book Award. Simon completed her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley and Pitzer College, and received her Master’s of Fine Arts in English and Poetry from UC Irvine.


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