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Leadership

Dean Jon T. Kilpinen

Jon Kilpinen joined the Valpo faculty in 1992. 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 for Graduate Studies Aysegul Yayimli

Aysegul Yayimli completed her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. at Istanbul Tecnical University (ITU), Turkey, in Computer Engineering. She earned her M.S. focusing on image processing and computer vision. Upon completion of her masters thesis, she decided to move on to the exciting field of computer networks. She visited UC Davis during her Ph.D. studies, and completed her thesis on optical networks. She worked as assistant professor, and later as associate professor, in the Department of Computer Engineering at ITU for a total of 23 years. In 2017, she joined Valparaiso University as Associate Professor in the Department of Computing and Information Sciences, where she also served as department chair for three years. She became Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences on July 1, 2021.


Assistant Dean Adrian Lee

Adrian Lee began his postsecondary degree pursuits at Lake Michigan College on a full athletic scholarship. After two years, he transferred to Belhaven University in Jackson, MS, where he graduated with his B.A. in Psychology (1999). In 2002, he began his career in higher education working for the Upward Bound Program at Lake Michigan College. While there, he attended Western Michigan University and earned his M.A. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Higher Education Administration. Throughout his career, Adrian has worked in several areas of Student Services, including Financial Aid, Academic Advising, and Grants. In November 2019, he joined Valparaiso University as Assistant Dean.


Assistant Dean Elizabeth Douglas

Dean Elizabeth Douglas

Born and raised in Valparaiso, Dean Douglas completed her undergraduate work at Miami University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. She then attended Capital University Law School, graduating summa cum laude and earning a Juris Doctorate degree with a focus in federal appellate advocacy. Before coming to Valparaiso University, Dean Douglas worked as a federal appellate judicial clerk for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and also practiced law primarily as a litigator in Columbus, Ohio. In 2012, she joined the faculty of Valparaiso University, teaching in the Communication Department for 7 years before taking on the additional role of Assistant Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. Her areas of interest include intellectual property, rhetoric and public speaking, negotiation and conflict resolution, and Internet communication.