Valerie Banschbach has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, interim president and provost Herbert Medina announced in an email to the university community on April 7.
Banschbach previously worked at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota as Associate Provost and Dean of Science and Education for nearly three years. Her first day will be July 1, taking over from Norah Martin, the CAS’s acting dean.
The recipient of an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Board of Higher Education while she was Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies at Roanoke College, Banschbach was also a Fulbright Nehru Senior Scholar.
For six months in Uttarakhand, India, Banschbach taught graduate students in a wildlife science program while conducting research on ants as bioindicators of the impacts of organic farming.
With a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate. in biology, Banschbach is also named a full professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at UP.
Banschbach’s academic experience, commitment and passion for UP’s Catholic mission make her “the right person to lead the College of Arts and Sciences into its next chapter,” Medina said in the E-mail.
“At UP, dedication to academic excellence and innovation goes hand in hand with dedication to student education,” Banschbach said in the email sent by Medina. “The warmth and vibrancy of the UP community shines through in the way faculty, staff and students talk about their work. I am so happy and honored to join this community.
Janea Melido is a reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at [email protected].