Dr. Kathryn McConnell has agreed to accept the role of Dean of Arts and Sciences, after serving as interim dean for the past year.
McConnell joined PLNU in 1979 as a professor of Spanish, eventually serving as chair of the Department of Literature, Journalism and Modern Languages. She has also served on the executive board of the North American Foreign Language Association (NACFLA).
McConnell has spent the bulk of her time at PLNU guiding students in the Spanish language, literature, and culture. She has traveled extensively in Spanish speaking countries, principally in Spain, where she has conducted research in Madrid’s major libraries: the Hemeroteca Nacional and Municipal, the Prado library, Biblioteca Nacional, Filmoteca Nacional, and the Biblioteca José Ortega y Gasset. She has also been a visiting professor in Baoding, China where she lectured on film theory and language proficiency.
In making the announcement, Kerry Fulcher, PLNU’s provost and chief academic officer, said, “Kathy’s diverse set of experiences as a faculty member, department chair, faculty council member, membership on several major committees and her many years of service to the university have made her an invaluable member of the academic leadership team. I can think of no other person I would rather have in this role at this key time in the life of our university.”