Dean Aistrup's end of year message, 2019

Dean Joseph Aistrup

Thank you for your hard work and your dedication to our students and to scholarship during another busy and exciting year. Whether you’re faculty or staff, the end of the school year comes like the sprint at the end of a distance event, and you wind up feeling much the same mix of pride and exhaustion. I see and applaud each of your efforts to make sure we continue to be the best. 
We have a lot to celebrate in the college, so let me begin with a first - our first graduating class from the Master of Social Work program. This group of 21 young adults are committed to making meaningful impacts on the communities they will serve, and I couldn’t be more proud of them and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work for making it happen. Congratulations to all involved. 

If you attended our annual awards ceremony at the museum, you know that many of our faculty were recognized for their outstanding teaching, research, and civic engagement, and that our staff were recognized for their advising, human resources, and support services. I enjoyed spending time at the ceremony and reception with you, and I thank and congratulate each of you. 

In addition to the college’s awards, many of our faculty were recognized at the university level. Please join me in congratulating the following: 

Spirit of Sustainability Award – Giovanna Summerfield, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs

Office of Inclusion and Diversity Awards – Emily Myers (Social Work, Outstanding Faculty Member); BraveHeart - for both programs. (Outstanding Interdisciplinary Collaboration); Julio Yanes (Psychology, Outstanding Graduate/Professional Student) 

Ralph “Shug” Jordan Professor of Writing – Cathleen Erwin, Political Science

Auburn Authors Awards (sponsored by the AU Graduate School and the AU Libraries) – Barbara Baker (CLA Admin), Joyce de Vries (Art History), Anna Riehl Bertolet (English), Craig Bertolet (English), Emily Burns (Art History), Sarah Hamilton (History), Matthew Hoch (Music), Andrea Kelley (Media Studies), Eden McLean (History), Rupali Mishra (History), Mark Thornton (Economics), Debra Worthington (Communication)

I enjoyed reading our faculty contributions to the university’s “Expert Answers” page. My thanks to Eleanor Patterson (Communication), Matthew Clary (Political Science), Henry Thompson (Economics), Ralph Kingston (History), and Xaq Frohlich (History) for taking the time to contribute to this important university endeavor. 

Our Career Services staff hosted an exceptional event for our alumni and students. I very much enjoyed CLA’s AUsome Alumni Day, and I am already looking forward to the next event. 

I hope each of you enjoys the slower pace that the summer usually brings. Rest up, if you can, and we’ll be recharged and ready for another great year. 

War Eagle, 

signature of Joseph Aistrup

Joseph Aistrup, Dean
College of Liberal Arts
Auburn University 


Last Updated: May 07, 2019