The University of Central Arkansas named Tom Williams as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts.
In this role, Williams oversees the general direction of the College of Liberal Arts and will implement strategies that support and enhance UCA’s mission. The college includes the departments of English; History; Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, and Cultures; Philosophy and Religion; Political Science; and Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology. Williams began in July.
“I have known that UCA is a wonderful university for quite some time. To join this extraordinary university is a great honor, and I cannot wait to start working with the talented faculty and staff to lead the College of Liberal Arts toward a bright future,” Williams said.
Williams previously served as the associate dean of the School of English, Communication, Media and Languages at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Prior to that role, he served Morehead State as the chair of the Department of English. He was also an associate professor and chairman of the Department of Humanities at the University of Houston-Victoria, an associate and assistant professor of English at Arkansas State University and an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Williams earned a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University in Ohio, his master’s in English from The Ohio State University and his Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston.