FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Isiaah Crawford Named Dean of Loyola’s College of Arts and Sciences
CHICAGO, February 2, 2004 Following a national search, Loyola University Chicago has named Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective immediately. Crawford has served as interim dean since January 2003. He joined Loyola’s faculty as an assistant professor in 1987.
“I look forward to helping the university and the college step firmly and confidently into the 21st century so that we will become one of the preeminent, private institutions in the nation,” Crawford said.
As dean of the college’s 600-member, full-and part-time faculty and nearly 6,000 students, Crawford will play a pivotal role in several projects affecting the college, including the construction of the Life Sciences Building, the initiative to strengthen the university’s core curriculum and the establishment of new professional and pre-professional degree programs at the Water Tower Campus. Crawford will also be integral in helping prepare the university for its North Central re-accreditation site visit and will be instrumental in the hiring of the next generation of college faculty. .
“We’re ecstatic about our forthcoming new Life Sciences Building,” Crawford said. “It will be a great stepping stone and a great statement that we will be able to make to the academic community about our commitment to science education.”
Since joining the faculty, Crawford has served on or chaired numerous academic and administrative committees, including the provost search committee and the 2001 search committee for the associate vice president and dean of The Graduate School. He was appointed chair of the department of psychology in 1997, and was named a Loyola faculty mentor in 1991. He has received several awards from the American Psychological Association (APA), including a Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award. In 1996, he received the APA’s Eighth Annual Achievement Award for Research from the Minority Fellowship Program, and was listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering in 1992.
Crawford has served on the editorial boards of nine publications and continues to serve on seven of them, including the Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education for Adolescents and Children, the Journal of Community Psychology and the Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality. In addition, he is the chairperson of the Illinois Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board.
Crawford earned his doctorate and his master’s degree from DePaul University in 1987 and 1985, respectively, and his bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University.
Provost Pete Facione, Ph.D., noted that Crawford provides the stability and leadership to guide the College of Arts and Sciences. “Dr. Crawford won approval and deep support among the faculty and staff throughout the college because of his ability to lead effectively with both wisdom and grace. I watched as he stepped into the role as interim dean and matured in his leadership style,” Facione said. “Within a short time he was displaying the style and ability of a true dean. Dr. Crawford has the vision and dedication to build on the academic and research standing of an already distinguished college. I am confident that he will advance Loyola as a leader among academic institutions, both locally and nationally.”
Crawford’s interpersonal skills and his immense support among the College of Arts and Sciences faculty and staff were among the qualities that faculty mentioned in their recommendations. When he was appointed interim dean, his faculty colleagues were vocal in their commendation: citing his “experience in budget and personnel management,” noting that he is “an advocate of clear goals for the college and a strong voice on behalf of students,” and attesting that he possesses “a personality that inspires confidence in faculty and staff, as well as in possible benefactors.”
“I just feel immensely grateful for the many opportunities that the university has given me over the years since I joined the faculty,” Crawford said. “I’m very pleased to know that my colleagues, superiors and students have been pleased with my work, and I’m firmly committed to helping us actualize our full potential.”
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.