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Southern Miss College of Arts and Letters Names Ryan Interim Dean

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 01:07pm | By: Ashlea Maddox

Dr. Maureen Ryan

Dr. Maureen Ryan has been named interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will serve in the absence of Dr. Steven R. Moser, who was recently named interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
Ryan has a long and impressive record of service to the University. She joined the faculty at Southern Miss in 1983 as assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Lab.

Ryan has served in the Department of English as director of Undergraduate Studies and director of Graduate Studies. She served the College of Liberal Arts as assistant dean (1989-1991), before becoming dean of the Honors College (1991-2002); she was also associate provost for Institutional Effectiveness (2002-2003) and interim dean of the Graduate School (2014).

“I look forward to working in a new capacity with the excellent faculty and staff of the College of Arts and Letters,” Ryan said.

Ryan teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in twentieth-century American fiction, with an emphasis on the Vietnam War and the war on terror. Her most recent book is The Other Side of Grief: The Home Front and the Aftermath in American Narratives of the Vietnam War.
Ryan has a doctorate from Temple University and was the Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Professor of the Humanities from 2004-2006.
“I thank Maureen Ryan for her continued service to Southern Miss and support of the College of Arts and Letters,” Moser said. “I look forward to a positive and productive year ahead.”