About the Dean

Information about the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville

Dean's Position Description

The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences shall be responsible directly to the Executive Vice President and University Provost for the administration and efficient conduct of the educational programs of the College.  The duties of the dean shall include the enforcement of policies and regulations adopted by the Board of Trustees, the President, the Provost, the University Faculty Senate, the University Assembly, and the Faculty Assembly of the College of Arts and Sciences.  The dean shall be responsible for:

  • Acting as the advocate for the College within the University and within the larger community;
  • coordinating and integrating the work of the academic departments, and programs
  • recommending a budget to the Provost;
  • administering the approved budget;
  • teaching and the improvement of instruction;
  • recommending appointment, promotion, retention, and dismissal of faculty members;
  • enrolling students; evaluating advanced standing credits; advising students; scheduling classes;
  • providing such support as may be needed by college committees;
  • supervising the conduct of students and appropriate student organizations;
  • meeting or exceeding all compliance standards;
  • writing the annual report of the College;
  • and preparing other such documents as are required for the orderly administration of the College. 

The dean shall also be responsible for all cooperative programs involving the College of Arts and Sciences and other units of the University.  Within the framework of Chapter 6 of The Redbook, the dean shall have the power to discipline students for breach of academic conduct to the extent of suspension from the College. 

About Interim Dean John P. Ferré

Educated at Mars Hill College (B.A. cum laude, Religion, 1977), Purdue University (M.A., Communication, 1978), the University of Chicago (M.A., Divinity, 1982), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Ph.D., Communications, 1986), John P. Ferré joined the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville in 1985. He worked his way through the ranks to Professor of Communication, twice serving as acting chair of the Department of Communication. For more than eight years he was the College’s Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.

A scholar of the religious and ethical dimensions of mediated communication, Ferré is the editor, author, or co-author of seven books, including Good News: Social Ethics and the Press, which won the Religious Speech Communication Association Book Award in 1993, and his 2012 collaboration, Ethics for Public Communication: Defining Moments in Media History. He has also written nearly four dozen articles, encyclopedia entries, and book chapters, the most recent being “Ridiculing the Visual Agent of Secularization: Television Criticism through a Half Century of Christianity Today Cartoons” in Robert Woods’ edited volume, Evangelicals and Popular Culture. His fondness of book reviews – he has published more than 70 – led him to serve as book review editor of American Journalism in 2003 and 2004 and now to serve as the Book Award Chair for the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.  In 2004, Ferré served as host and program planner for the 4th International Conference on Media, Religion, and Culture, which attracted 120 scholars from 24 different countries to Louisville, and in 2010, he served on the ecumenical jury at the Montréal World Film Festival.

Ferré serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Journal of Media and Religion, and Journalism History. He is past president of the American Journalism Historians Association and the Louisville Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In 1996, Ferré received the Krieghbaum Under-40 Award for outstanding achievement in research, teaching, and public service from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and in 2001, the University of Louisville named him a Distinguished Teaching Professor for his career of teaching excellence.  He has been recognized by Who’s Who in America since 2003.

Ferré is married with two children.

CV of Interim Dean John P. Ferré