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2016 State of the College Address

A message from Dean Karen Marrongelle

It is truly an honor to serve Portland State University as the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences! My career started at PSU in our internationally recognized Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 2001. 

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is at the heart of Portland State University: an energetic place to learn — full of exceptional faculty and staff, dynamic programs, innovative research, and strong community collaboration. I am enthusiastic about providing leadership to the largest college in Oregon’s largest and most diverse public urban university. 

With our array of departments, we are appropriately positioned to offer interdisciplinary opportunities for students and faculty. I am pleased that over the course of the past year, the College has begun offering new majors in Conflict Resolution and Judaic Studies, a BFA in creative writing, a professional science master's program, and are moving forward with plans to create additional, exciting programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

I look forward to continuing the conversation about how we can make the College an even greater destination for students seeking a world-class education. 

If you’d like to read more about me, you can read my full bio here. I also invite you to stay up to date on the latest news from the College by following me on Twitter @PSUCLASDean


Karen Marrongelle, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

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