Anna Stenport Named Dean of College of Liberal Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology

Posted June 16, 2021

Anna Westerstahl Stenport, professor of global studies and chair of the School of Modern Languages, was named professor of communications and dean of the Rochester Institute of Technology College of Liberal Arts. Her new role is effective September 1.

“Anna has been a tremendous asset to the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts,” said Dean Kaye Husbands Fealing. “Over the past five years, she has achieved a number of accomplishments as chair, including increasing enrollment, adding new academic programs, spearheading faculty development and increasing funding for the school, among many others. We are grateful for her many contributions and wish her much success in this new endeavor.”

Stenport joined Georgia Tech as chair of the School of Modern Languages in 2016. In 2018, she co-founded the Atlanta Global Studies Center as a consortium with Georgia State University and helped advance education and research in language learning and global studies at Georgia Tech and in the Atlanta region.

“I am incredibly proud of the achievements of my many dedicated colleagues at the School and Center, our amazing students included,” Stenport said. “The future is truly bright for inter- and cross-cultural studies and scholarship at Georgia Tech, which holds a special distinction as a technology-focused institution with a strong commitment to global perspectives and the UN SDGs. One of the many things I will take with me from Georgia Tech is the commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration between the arts, humanities, and social sciences with STEM and business, since the complex issues facing our planetary future can be resolved by no one discipline, methodology, or approach.  I will greatly miss Institute students and colleagues, many of whom have become life-long friends, and look forward to continuing to strengthen those connections in my new role as dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology.”

An interim school chair will be announced soon, with a search committee to be established to begin the process of identifying Stenport’s successor.

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