Otieno Elected to Board of Directors for Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences

Otieno Elected to Board of Directors for Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Tom Otieno, associate dean for administrative affairs and research with Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Arts & Sciences, has been elected to a one-year term on the Board of Directors of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.

Otieno is already chairing a subcommittee of the Board established to design a mentoring program for new deans. At EKU, Otieno oversees the junior faculty mentoring program in the College of Arts & Sciences. He is a previous co-chair of the Council’s Committee on Cultural Diversity.

From 2003 to 2006, Otieno was the principal investigator and director for a National Science Foundation-funded project at EKU designed to advance middle school science and mathematics teaching.

Otieno, who has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions since joining EKU in 1995, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of British Columbia in Canada.

The Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), founded in 1965, is a national association of baccalaureate degree-granting colleges of arts and sciences established to sustain the arts and sciences as a leading influence in American higher education. The Council serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among deans of arts and sciences representing the member colleges and as a representative of the liberal arts and sciences at a national policy-making level, and seeks to support programs and activities to improve the intellectual stature and public understanding of the disciplines of the arts and sciences.

Membership includes nearly 680 deans of colleges of arts and sciences at 444 institutions in the United States, Canada, Kuwait and Qatar.

Published on November 18, 2010