Dean Jon T. Kilpinen
Jon T. Kilpinen joined the Valpo faculty in 1992 as an instructor in geography. He served as chair of the Department of Geography and Meteorology from 2000 to 2006. He has been awarded several grants and has published articles on U.S. cultural and political geography. He also coauthored “The Mountain West,” which won the Pioneer America Society’s Fred Kniffen Award in 1997 as the best book published in the field of American material-culture studies. He became Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2006. Dean Kilpinen earned a B.A. degree in Geography and History from Valpo and his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin.
Associate Dean Lissa Yogan
Lissa Yogan earned her B.A. at Valparaiso University and studied International Economics and Cultural Affairs. She earned her Master’s of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology at The Ohio State University. Her work with the African American and homeless communities in Washington, DC sparked her interest in sociology. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. She loves sociology because she loves life and the many interesting, confusing, and fascinating events that transpire in society. Dean Yogan enjoys exploring the social world with students and especially enjoys their enthusiasm and new views of social life via the internet. She became Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on Jan. 1, 2018.
Assistant Dean Nancy Scannell
Nancy M. Scannell attended the University of Illinois, Urbana, and received her B.A. in English with honors. She participated in the U of I / United Kingdom junior-year exchange program and studied English literature at the University College Cardiff, Wales. She earned her M.A. in education from Saint Xavier University in Chicago and will earn a M.S. Digital Media from Valparaiso University in December, 2018. She began teaching Core at Valparaiso University in 2003, and in 2005, she became a member of the English Department faculty. She has been the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since July 1, 2009. Dean Scannell advises students in exceptional academic circumstances and serves as Director of the Exploratory Program for students with undeclared majors.
Assistant Dean Allison Urbanczyk
Allison M. Urbanczyk holds an A.A. in Chemistry with distinction, B.A. in Mathematics, and Master of Business Administration from Indiana University Northwest, and she is currently completing her Ph.D. in Educational Administration at Indiana State University. She joined the University in 2012 and most recently served as Associate University Registrar. She has been the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since September 24, 2018. Dean Urbanczyk advises students, including those with Exploratory and Individualized programs. She also coordinates academic advising and serves as the college’s information technology liaison.