Dean Jon T. Kilpinen

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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 and Ph.D. degrees in geography from the University of Texas at Austin.


Associate Dean Sandra Visser

Sandra L. Visser, professor of philosophy, received her Ph.D. in philosophy at Syracuse University, her M.A. at Northern Illinois, and a B.A. in economics/business and philosophy from Wheaton College. She joined the faculty of Valparaiso University as an assistant professor in 1998 after teaching at the United States Military Academy at West Point and Northern Illinois University. Her research focuses on contemporary metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and the works of St. Anselm of Canterbury. She teaches logic, metaphysics, the philosophy of religion, epistemology, and the philosophy of language. She has served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since January 2015.

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, from 1982-83. She earned her M.A. in education from Saint Xavier University in Chicago and conducted research on the effect of introductory activities on students’ attitudes and interpretation skills in studying literature. 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, and she also serves as the chair of the campus-wide Council of Academic Advisors. She is a member of The Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences and of the National Academy of Academic Advisors.

Dean Scannell advises students in exceptional academic circumstances and supervises a program for academic and vocational exploration.

Assistant Dean Anna Stewart

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Anna Stewart joined Valparaiso University in 2012 as a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow. At Valpo, she has taught courses for the English department and Christ College, the honors college, and has served as coordinator for the Masterworks Program at Christ College. Dean Stewart received her B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of South Carolina and her master’s and Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching and research interests include African-American literature, book history and textual studies, and race and gender studies, and her work focuses on the relationship among literature, contemporary political debates, and communities of readers.

Dean Stewart supervises competitive fellowship and scholarship advising and also works with students who may be struggling academically.

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