UTA selects Elizabeth Terese Newman as dean of College of Liberal Arts

Newman has record of fostering excellence in teaching, research and student success

Friday, Feb 24, 2023 • Neph Rivera : Contact

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The University of Texas at Arlington has selected Elizabeth Terese Newman as the next dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Newman currently serves as the vice provost for curriculum and undergraduate education at Stony Brook University.

“Dr. Elizabeth Newman will provide strategic leadership and a spirit of innovation and collaboration for UTA’s College of Liberal Arts,” said Tamara Brown, UTA provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “She is an accomplished educator and talented researcher. I look forward to her guiding the college to achieving greater student success, continued excellence in teaching and impactful, multi-disciplinary research.”

Newman previously served as the associate dean for curriculum in Stony Brook’s College of Arts and Science and is a tenured member of the department of history. She began as a lecturer at the Southampton campus in 2008, becoming an assistant professor in 2010 and an associate professor of history in 2015.

At Stony Brook, Newman has streamlined curricular processes and enhanced services to support academic success with the undergraduate student population.

“The University of Texas at Arlington is at an exciting moment in its history. I am honored to be selected for this tremendous opportunity and I am eager to contribute to UTA’s great future,” she said.

Newman is a historical and environmental archaeologist whose research explores the lives of laborers on haciendas in central Mexico. She has also studied animal bones collected on archaeological sites from New England to Cuba.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and archaeology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a Master of Philosophy in anthropology and a Doctor of Philosophy in anthropology from Yale University’s Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences.

Newman is expected to assume her role at UTA on July 1.