Impact Report Academic Year 2018-2019


Creating the Next

A Final Message from Outgoing Dean, Jacqueline Royster


One of the very best parts of being dean of this college has been the privilege of shining a brighter light on the amazing work of our faculty and students. This Impact Report showcases, yet again, a sampling of what is possible when humanities and social sciences function boldly and vibrantly as 21st century enterprises in a scientific and technological world.

In 2020, we will mark 30 years as the Ivan Allen College with a mission to merge the liberal arts into the larger science- and technology-centered context of Georgia Tech and the world beyond. By any measure, our progress in that mission is substantive - and exciting potential lies ahead. Through our core values of rigor, compassion, and deep knowledge, we continue to connect with others across many boundaries: disciplines, race, religion, gender, nationality, experience. We remain fluid in our roles as leaders and team players. We leave ourselves open to the realities of the implications of our work, and open to successes and impacts that simply would not be possible without a compassionate and respectful engagement with others. These values nurture our collective identity as liberal arts at Georgia Tech and carry into the world a message of what is possible at a 21st century technological university.

With a liberal arts community that is as committed to values, innovation, and impact as the Ivan Allen community, I leave the College in good hands at the close of my term as dean in August 2019. Interim Dean John Tone has been on faculty since the College’s inception and brings an understanding and vision of our mission that is compelling. He also brings a decade of accomplished leadership as our associate dean of undergraduate studies. We can be confident, then, that under his leadership during the search for a new dean, our momentum will not be disrupted.

With heartfelt gratitude, I thank the Ivan Allen College community for your support, goodwill, and friendship. It has been a joy to be part of this amazing group. We have so much about which to be very proud, and I step away with confidence that our patterns of success will continue. We are 30 this year, but we have only just begun.

With warm regards

Jacqueline J. Royster
Dean and Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Chair
September 1, 2010 – August 31, 2019

Read about milestones of Dean Royster’s years of leadership

Leadership Transitions

Tone Appointed Interim Dean

John Tone, professor of history and former associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College, is serving as interim dean. On faculty since 1990, Tone provides critical continuity during the transition. He served for more than a decade as associate dean and is active on committees and task forces that shape the future of academics at Georgia Tech. Most recently he served as interim chair for the School of Economics.

Stulberg Named Chair of the Sam Nunn School of International Affair

Adam Stulberg, a prominent scholar and practitioner in international security policy with a 20-year perspective on the School’s trajectory, began serving as chair in July 2019, following Joe Bankoff’s transition to faculty. Stulberg is professor and associate director of Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Institute. He has secured millions in sponsored research. His research and activities include building energy security regimes overseas, engaging Russia’s regional power centers, and working on influential global committees.

Shook Appointed Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Associate Professor of Spanish David Shook stepped into the new role on August 1, 2019. Shook is an experienced administrator whose leadership roles include three years as interim chair of the School of Modern Languages (ML), associate chair of the school, and director of its undergraduate studies program.

Fain Assumes Leadership of Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP)

Brad Fain, principal research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and CACP, was appointed CACP’s executive director. He succeeds founding director Helena Mitchell who built the Center into a research powerhouse garnering more than $26 million in funding and frequent citations in federal regulatory and policymaking decisions. Fain specializes in human performance research and in developing technologies, evaluation processes, and curriculum in accessible design.

We are grateful to the individuals who serve on advisory boards for the College, and the Schools of Economics, Literature, Media, and Communication, Public Policy, and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. We value their dedication and insights. These individuals are highlighted on the College and School websites. We also express our gratitude to staff — in the dean’s office and in each school. Their inestimable contributions ensure that we are the very best we can be.

Jacqueline J. Royster, Dean
Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Chair
2010 - 2019

Creating the Next

Culturally Aware Citizen
Ethical Entrepreneur
Equitable Decision-Maker
Forward Thinking Public Servant
Global Humanitarian
Multilingual Mediator
Multidisciplinary Problem Solver
Smart Citizen
Sustainable Innovator
Tech Savvy Creator