Leaders and scholars

New deans join administrative team

dean of College of SciencesUT Arlington has named Pamela Jansma (left) dean of the College of Science and Scott Ryan dean of the School of Social Work.

Dr. Jansma, who began in August, has more than two decades of experience in higher education. Her most recent position was dean of New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Previously, she worked for the University of Arkansas and the University of Puerto Rico.

“UT Arlington is one of the premier universities in the UT System,” she said. “It’s a great position because UT Arlington is becoming more and more nationally known. The University has a great team in place to reach that next level of prominence.”

Donald Bobbitt, provost and vice president for academic affairs, calls Jansma a seasoned administrator and an exceptional teacher and researcher.

“During her academic career, the National Science Foundation has funded her research almost continuously. She has published some groundbreaking work in microplate tectonics and strain partitioning,” Dr. Bobbitt said. “In terms of administrative duties, she has experience at the chair level, at the department level and most recently as the dean of a college of arts and sciences.”

dean of SSWDr. Ryan (left), who also began in August, most recently was the Jeanene M. Janes Endowed Professor in Child Welfare at Florida State University. He was also associate dean for research in FSU’s College of Social Work.

“This position was filled after an extensive national search,” Bobbitt said. “Many exceptional candidates were identified and interviewed, and we are indeed fortunate to welcome such an outstanding individual to the University.”

Ryan is impressed with the UT Arlington School of Social Work’s community involvement.

“What attracted me was the faculty’s work in helping marginalized people and those who are struggling,” he said. “The faculty members are leaders in studying how to help those impacted by domestic violence, child abuse, poverty and a number of other areas. Their work makes a difference. I share these values and thought this would be a great place to go.”

Ryan also directed the Institute for Social Work Research at Florida State, is a senior research fellow at the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute in New York and is editor of the journal Adoption Quarterly.


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