About the Dean

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

About Dean Kimberly Kempf-Leonard

Dr. Kimberly Kempf-Leonard joined the University of Louisville as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in August 2014.

Before coming to UofL, Dr. Kempf-Leonard was dean of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale’s College of Liberal Arts for THREE years. At SIU, she also served as chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and held cross appointments in Sociology and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Prior to SIU, Dr. Kempf-Leonard held faculty appointments at the University of Texas-Dallas, University of Missouri-St. Louis and Kent State University.

Dr. Kempf-Leonard has received two dozen grants and contracts and produced more than 120 publications, including books, volumes, journals and presentations. She has held membership in the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Media frequently seek her out for expert commentary or testimony related to crime and the criminal justice system.

Dr. Kempf-Leonard received her Ph.D. in criminology and criminal law from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

CV of Kimberly Kempf-Leonard


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.