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Department of Music Chair

June 26, 2020

David BorgoFollowing years of exceptional service as chair of the UC San Diego Department of Music, Professor David Borgo will conclude his three-year commitment to the position, effective June 30, 2020.

A saxophonist and ethnomusicologist, Professor Borgo will return to full-time teaching duties in the department’s Integrative Studies, and Jazz and Music of the African Diaspora programs. He has been with the university since 2002.

Most immediately, Chair Borgo is commended for his leadership during the current health crisis, where he not only effectively supported the successful and complicated process of moving courses to distance-learning for our students, but also the difficult decisions to alter a robust series of in-person concerts for the safety of students, faculty and community alike.

Chair Borgo remained dedicated to advocating for students and the opportunities that performances bring: a chance to celebrate time-honored and new work, and build a community of musicians that endure. An empathetic leader, Chair Borgo’s listening ear and commitment to student engagement is exemplary.

Under Chair Borgo’s leadership, the Department of Music saw its undergraduate cohort increase by 11%, and he spent special attention championing increased funding for the department’s graduate students.

Chair Borgo has been instrumental in expanding faculty diversity with a number of crucial and impactful hires, which resulted in curricular innovation and new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion courses for the entire university. To recognize his own outstanding teaching, he was selected to receive a 2020 DEI Teaching Award.

In addition to supporting Arts and Humanities outreach efforts with philanthropic donors and alumni, Chair Borgo was dedicated to raising the profile of the department and arts at the university. He oversaw two successful graduate and undergraduate departmental reviews, spearheaded a reform of degree requirements to add clarity and nimbleness to the curriculum, and facilitated a complete overhauling of the department’s website and outreach.

David Borgo has built a career of combining his creative work with scholarly research on all aspects of music: sonic, social, historical, cultural and cognitive. His primary interests rest in improvisation, techno-cultural studies, chaos and complexity, and embodied, situated and distributed cognition.

His book “Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age” won the 2006 Alan P. Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology as the most distinguished, recently published English-language book on ethnomusicology. A revised version is due next year.

Currently serving as associate chair, Professor Anthony Burr will assume chair duties for a four-year term starting July 1, 2020. Professor Burr is a clarinetist who has worked across a wide range of genres, and teaches courses on music theory, recording and popular music. Audiences will also be familiar with his performances of classical repertoire as part of the department’s Camera Lucida series.

“David’s excellent stewardship of the department over his term as chair has positioned us well to be able to negotiate the current crisis, and I would especially like to thank him for going above and beyond during the past three months,” Burr said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with our faculty, staff and students to build on our existing strengths as we move into the future.”

Please join me in thanking Chair Borgo for his dedicated service to the faculty and students in the Department of Music, as well as his commitment to advocating for arts and arts education on campus.


Cristina Della Coletta
Dean, UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities

2020 Dissertation Year Fellowship Award Recipients

June 26, 2020

The Graduate Fellowship and Award Review Committee has identified the following doctoral students for the 2020-2021 Dissertation Year Fellowship awards.

FLETCHER JONES FELLOWSHIP: Supported by gifts received from the Fletcher Jones Foundation of Los Angeles, this fellowship is one of the University of California's most prestigious and generously funded fellowships and includes a $25,000 stipend plus tuition and fees.

Samantha Streuli - Anthropology

UC PRESIDENT’S DISSERTATION YEAR FELLOWSHIP: Awarded to promising students in the final stages of their doctoral work who demonstrate strong potential for university teaching and research, the UC President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship includes a $22,000 stipend plus tuition and fees.

Sean Bearden - Physics
Elizabeth Clausing - Anthropology
Sam Mitchell - Theatre and Dance
Tashiana Osborne - Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Belinda Ramirez - Anthropology

MARYE ANNE FOX ENDOWED FELLOWSHIP: Awarded to students with highly distinguished academic records, the stipend for the dissertation year fellowship funded by the Marye Anne Fox Endowed Fellowship Fund is $22,000 plus tuition and fees.

Qiaowan Chang - NanoEngineering

The time and effort of the students, faculty, and staff who wrote and submitted nomination materials was greatly appreciated. We wish these seven awardees great success in the completion of their graduate studies.


James Antony
Dean, Graduate Division

Department of Theatre and Dance Chair

June 16, 2020

After two years of dedicated service as Chair of the UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance, Professor Allan Havis has announced he will conclude his tenure as Chair effective June 30, 2020 and return to full-time teaching duties.

Since July 2018, Professor Havis has had a profound impact as chair on the Department of Theatre and Dance. When he was voted by department faculty to be presented to the Chancellor as the selected leader, Professor Havis outlined a renewed sense of arts commitment and pedagogical sustainability that was felt department-wide.

In addition to his duties teaching MFA and undergraduate playwriting, Professor Havis successfully led the department on key curricular decisions to raise the profile of undergraduate education for theatre and dance students plus our non-arts students. Under his leadership, the department doubled its offering of large, campus-wide film classes, and the undergraduate majors increased by 25%.  He has made significant steps to provide increased opportunity for our undergraduate artists, including engaged meetings between undergraduate students and faculty, who exchanged information as artists and valuable resources.

Chair Havis also optimized departmental budgets and key administrative organizational operations. He consistently participated in strategic divisional meetings with all other leaders in the Division of Arts and Humanities, and his extensive experience at UC San Diego, combined with his generous spirit, allowed chairs and administrators to benefit from his institutional knowledge and wisdom.

In addition to providing students access to industry leaders — Chair Havis successfully sponsored a visit by actor Anna Deavere Smith for a student salon and public evening keynote for 2019’s Black History Month — he supported and supervised entries for the department’s Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting National Competition for more than a decade, presenting public readings of undergraduate students’ scripts that highlight the African-American experience.

“Professor Havis’s commitment to UC San Diego spans 32 years of dedicate service, including 10 as Provost of Marshall College,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Allan’s passion for the arts, determination to make a difference, and sustained efforts on developing innovative arts education initiatives have propelled many of UC San Diego’s programs to the top of national and international rankings. UC San Diego is well respected because of his efforts.”

Last fall, Chair Havis went to Japan as our faculty host for Kyoto Laureate Ariane Mnouchkine’s ceremonies, which led to a Mnouchkine film festival in early March at UC San Diego. Moreover, he forged with La Jolla Playhouse a new-play commissioning program for MFA graduating students.

“I am deeply grateful for Chair Havis’ thoughtful leadership of the Department of Theatre and Dance through challenging times,” said Elizabeth H. Simmons, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. “His work to reimagine the undergraduate curriculum in partnership with departmental faculty, has expanded and indeed enriched opportunities for the growing undergraduate cohort.”

In the course of his 32 years commitment to UC San Diego, Professor Havis also served as Provost of Thurgood Marshall College for 10 years and a proud advocate for Preuss and Gompers charter schools. His impact on the campus has been deeply felt. In this role, his advocacy for the Department of Theatre and Dance, and efforts at celebrating and promoting art and our esteemed alumni, never ceased.

As provost, Havis launched the college’s artist in residence program, bringing more than a dozen artists of color to campus that included many Theatre and Dance alumni: the late James Avery, the late John Wesley, Hilary Ward and Monique Gaffney. For Avery, Havis wrote a one-person show on Marshall’s life that was performed in 2010 to celebrate Marshall College’s 40th anniversary.

Of note, Provost Havis sponsored campus visits for two Nobel Laureates, Derek Walcott and Wole Soyinka, to provide a master class for MFA playwrights, as well as a full day with Luis Valdez, regarded as the father of Chicano theater. Havis also serves as faculty director of the Film Studies minor, anchored at Marshall College since 2013.

It is because of these outstanding contributions and many more, that I ask you to join me in expressing sincere gratitude to Chair Havis for his leadership and dedication to the university, the Division of Arts and Humanities and, in particular, the Department of Theatre and Dance. We look forward to his continued commitment to advocating for the arts and community outreach.

Cristina Della Coletta
Dean, Division of Arts and Humanities

2020 Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal Recipients

May 26, 2020

It is my pleasure to announce the Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal recipients for 2020.

In Spring 2013, I partnered with the Graduate Student Association to introduce the Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal as an opportunity to recognize outstanding doctoral research. Recipients of this prestigious award are chosen based upon the quality of academic research as determined by the impact of the research to the field and/or department; the insight, originality, and creativity shown by the author; the effectiveness of the writing, clarity, and organization of the thesis; and the soundness of the methodology and quality of the data (when applicable).

Up to six awards are bestowed annually based upon a review of faculty committees in the division of arts and humanities; the division of biological sciences including health sciences; Jacobs School of Engineering; the division of physical sciences; the division of social sciences including Rady School of Management and the School of Global Policy and Strategy; and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Congratulations to this year’s awardees:
* Arts and Humanities: Sky Johnston, History
* Biological Sciences: Jennifer Dumdie, Obstetrics, Gynecology and
Reproductive Sciences
* Jacobs School of Engineering: Sunmi Shin, Materials Science
* Physical Sciences: James Wampler, Physics
* Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Travis Courtney, Geosciences
Research Division
* Social Sciences: Lauren Olsen, Sociology

Medal recipients will be recognized at The Graduate Division Virtual Commencement on Saturday, June 13.

Pradeep K. Khosla

Announcement of a New Associate Dean in The Graduate Division

April 1, 2020

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Emily Roxworthy as an Associate Dean in The Graduate Division. In this newly created role, Professor Roxworthy will collaborate with our team and campus colleagues to build a robust approach to graduate student professional development. She will also join current Associate Dean, Judy Kim and me in our work with campus partners to enhance outreach to, recruitment of, and support for the most academically talented and diverse graduate student population. Professor Roxworthy’s appointment will begin on September 1, 2020.

Professor Roxworthy is currently Provost of Earl Warren College, where she has led the seven UC San Diego undergraduate colleges’ launch of the online orientation program COMPASS, oversaw innovations in Warren’s academic programs including the creation of scientific writing and South Asian Studies programs, and inaugurated the Academe Awards for Principles of Community (the BEARLS, now in its fourth year).

Professor Roxworthy is on the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Dance, and is a faculty affiliate in the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Critical Gender Studies Program. She has also previously served UC San Diego as Acting Provost of Thurgood Marshall College, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Diversity & Equity, and Vice Chair of Theatre and Dance.

Professor Roxworthy is an accomplished scholar and teacher, working at the intersection of theatre history and performance studies, with particular interests in interculturalism, Asian/Asian American theatre, higher education studies, and digital media. As an artist, she has directed an educational role-playing video game, and currently designs applied theatre programs for diversity training and other institutional change. As a teacher, Professor Roxworthy was recognized by the Academic Senate with a 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award for her graduate and undergraduate pedagogy.

Professor Roxworthy has a demonstrated record of commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, equity, and diversity. She has dedicated herself to UC San Diego through her extensive service on various departmental, college, campus-wide, and system-wide committees.

She brings to The Graduate Division a wealth of knowledge about the University, and the ways in which undergraduate and graduate education interface.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Roxworthy on her appointment.

James Antony
Dean, The Graduate Division

Passing of David M. Goodblatt, Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Nov. 8, 2019

UC San Diego and the world scholarly community have lost a valued friend and colleague. David Mordecai Goodblatt, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and the first holder of the Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies, passed away on September 25, 2019 due to injuries sustained when he was struck by a moving vehicle while taking his morning walk. Dr. Goodblatt was 76 years old.

David Goodblatt was educated at Harvard College (Philosophy, summa cum laude, A.B. 1963), the Jewish Theological Seminary (M.H.L. 1966) and Brown University (Religious Studies, Ph.D. 1972). He taught at Haifa University (1972 - 1984), the University of Maryland College Park (1984 - 1988) and UC San Diego (1988 - 2017).

Dr. Goodblatt specialized in the history of the Jewish people in the Middle East from the sixth century BCE through the seventh century CE. He was the author of three monographs: "Rabbinic Instruction in Sasanian Babylonia" (Brill, 1974), "The Monarchic Principle. Studies in Jewish Self-government in Antiquity" (Mohr Siebeck, 1994) and "Elements of Ancient Jewish Nationalism" (Cambridge University, 2006), as well as numerous articles and reviews.

Professor Goodblatt served the university in many capacities: as director of the Jewish Studies Program, as a member of the Committee on Academic Personnel and on various committees within the Department of History.

In temperament, David Goodblatt was modest, kind, judicious and principled. He left a profound mark on those who worked alongside him, and on the innumerable undergraduate and graduate students who passed through his classroom and had the privilege of learning from a consummate scholar, who, despite his rigor and erudition, wore his learning lightly.

Dr. Goodblatt is survived by his wife Sasona, their children Keren, Michael (Kathy) and Grace (Dave), granddaughter Logan, and brother Jonathan.

Messages and remembrances may be sent to the family at


Cristina Della Coletta
Dean, Division of Arts and Humanities

Edward Watts
Chair, Department of History

Reappointment of Cristina Della Coletta as Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities

Aug. 6 , 2019

We are delighted to inform the campus community of the continued appointment of Cristina Della Coletta as dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities following a successful five-year review. The review committee concluded, and we wholeheartedly agree, that Dean Della Coletta has provided outstanding leadership in her capacity as dean. The Division of Arts and Humanities has flourished with an enhanced reputation during her first term.

The Division of Arts and Humanities is home to a highly acclaimed, world-class faculty, frequently cited by U.S. News and World Reports (USNWR) and other prestigious rankings. Under Dean Della Coletta’s leadership, UC San Diego has risen to 28th in USNWR’s Best Global Universities in the arts and humanities, several sub-disciplines within the division rank in the top 10 and even top 5 internationally, and graduate programs in the arts and humanities have received highly favorable reviews. Dean Della Coletta has demonstrated a deep commitment to fostering a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Her efforts have included organizational changes that have led to hiring an impressive number of excellent new faculty who are women and/or members of traditionally under-represented minority groups, enhancing the reputation and prestige of the university.

Throughout the review process, Dean Della Coletta was universally lauded for catalyzing four innovative academic initiatives: The Institute of Arts and Humanities, the Institute for Practical Ethics, the Analytical Writing Program, and the Mellon grant, establishing the PATH Summer Academy. Each initiative required heavy engagement and tremendous personal effort from the dean. Faculty and leadership across the campus referenced these initiatives as impressive achievements, of benefit not only to the Division of Arts and Humanities, but to the campus as a whole. In particular, Dean Della Coletta took the lead in writing the PATH grant, which was the largest grant ever received by the division. The $2.59 million award supports the division’s collaboration with the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), and the program aims to advance diversity and improve outcomes for transfer students majoring in arts and humanities disciplines.

Dean Della Coletta has also shepherded a new initiative for Arts and Community Engagement (ACE), which aims to build a multidisciplinary art community of students, faculty, staff and off-campus members. The goals of ACE are to develop multifaceted activities that promote cultural and social dialogue, to engage partners across campus and the San Diego community at large with the arts, and to provide oversight and greater visibility to the Mandeville Art Gallery.

We are pleased to acknowledge the many advances during Dean Della Coletta’s first term, and we extend our sincere appreciation to the review committee for its thorough work and insightful suggestions for continuing support of the Division of Arts and Humanities. Please join us in congratulating Dean Della Coletta on her renewed appointment and in thanking her for her outstanding service to UC San Diego. We look forward to her continued leadership of the Division of Arts and

Humanities, her partnership on critical issues of importance to the campus, and her powerful advocacy for the arts and humanities.


Pradeep K. Khosla

Elizabeth H. Simmons
Executive Vice Chancellor

Appointment of Nancy Kwak as Director of the Institute of Arts and Humanities

June 14, 2019

I am pleased to announce Nancy Kwak, associate professor in the Department of History, has been appointed as the new director of the Institute of Arts and Humanities. The appointment is effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021.

Hosted in the Division of Arts and Humanities, the Institute of Arts and Humanities encourages interdisciplinary research, teaching and public dialogue by underscoring the centrality of core arts and humanities disciplines. Home to 14 academic programs and key centers and initiatives, the institute generates projects that equip students, faculty and the wider public with the creativity, empathy and analysis for practicing a collaborative, and more equitable, human experience.

Currently serving as associate director, Nancy is succeeding Luis Alvarez, who has successfully served as the inaugural director for three years. Please join me in showing appreciation for his service and dedication to both launching as well as shepherding the Institute of Arts and Humanities through these important first moments.

A note from Luis Alvarez: “Nancy’s collaborative spirit, brilliant creativity and commitment to students will help propel the Institute of Arts and Humanities to new heights. As a stalwart believer in the power of arts and humanities to bring people together and change the world for the better, Nancy will ensure the institute continues to be an active leader on campus and in the larger San Diego community.”

Nancy Kwak is a UC Academic Senate Distinguished Teacher and has taught a wide range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. She supports multipronged ways to recruit and guide transfer students, including serving as the interim director of the division’s Preparing Accomplished Transfers to the Humanities, or PATH, program.

Nancy has been active on multiple university committees, including serving as chair for the Undergraduate Admissions committee in 2018-2019. She presently co-leads the Southern California Urban Group, an intellectual collaborative bringing together faculty across Southern California.

Additionally, Nancy is dedicated to providing internships and concrete career pathways to students, and has expressed interest in further developing undergraduate research opportunities for arts and humanities students.

While continuing to support successful initiatives already in place, Nancy has articulated goals for her time as director, such as expanding the theme of “arts and humanities for all” by emphasizing the importance of a “deeper literacy” in understanding communities, cultures and our own past. This would potentially include written texts, cultural productions and a wide range of artistic expression that underscore multifaceted approaches to exploring the human experience.

She has also indicated a potential for growth in the global dimensions of the institute, becoming more engaged with external partners while highlighting the strengths of the institute and university’s location, which sits on one of the world’s most dynamic international borders.

Of note is her commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, and we look forward to her building more connections with underserved communities across the region during her time as director, which will see the institute physically take its place of prominence in the forthcoming North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood.

Cristina Della Coletta
Dean, Division of Arts and Humanities

2019 Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal Recipients

June 4, 2019

It is my pleasure to announce the Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal recipients for 2019.

The Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal was inaugurated in Spring 2013 by me and the Graduate Student Association to recognize outstanding doctoral research. Recipients of this prestigious award are chosen based upon the quality of academic research as determined by the impact of the research to the field and/or department; the insight, originality, and creativity shown by the author; the effectiveness of the writing, clarity, and organization of the thesis; and the soundness of the methodology and quality of the data (when applicable).

Up to six awards are bestowed annually based upon a review of faculty committees in the division of arts and humanities; the division of biological sciences including health sciences; Jacob’s School of Engineering; the division of physical sciences; the division of social sciences including Rady School of Management and the School of Global Policy and Strategy; and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Congratulations to this year’s awardees:

- Arts and Humanities: J.P. Messina (Philosophy)

- Biological Sciences: Joyce Chen (Biomedical Sciences)

- Jacobs School of Engineering: Rachel Marty Pyke (Bioinformatics and Systems Biology)

- Physical Sciences: Erik Romero (Chemistry)

- Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Natalya Gallo (Oceanography)

- Social Sciences: Mauricio Romero (Economics)

Recipients of the medal will be honored at a luncheon in June and recognized at commencement.


Pradeep K. Khosla

Distinguished Teaching Awards Presentation

May 9, 2019

We are pleased to invite you to attend the Distinguished Teaching Awards Presentation & Reception, which will be held on May 29, 2019 in the Atkinson Pavilion/Courtyard of the Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club, University of California San Diego.

Reception begins at 2:30 p.m.

Program begins at 3:00 p.m.

Distinguished Teaching Award, Senate Members:

  • Professor Alison L. Coil, Physics
  • Professor Maureen C. Feeley, Political Science
  • Professor Joseph D. Hankins, Anthropology
  • Professor Rebecca Plant, History
  • Professor Joel Watson, Economics

Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award, Non-Senate Members:

  • Antony J. Lyon, Revelle College Humanities Program
  • Jennifer M. Namba, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Malcolm D. Stokes, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Saltman Excellent Teaching Award, Graduate Students:

  • Lauren Ferry, Political Science
  • Raymond H. Mak, Biology
  • Alexander Meill, Physics

RSVP to Darlene Salmon at

Please join us in celebrating the achievements of our distinguished faculty.


Pradeep K. Khosla

Robert Horwitz
San Diego Divisional Senate Chair

2018-19 Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards Recipients

April 5, 2019

We are pleased to announce the 2018-19 Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards Recipients. Each year, UC San Diego proudly recognizes and celebrates faculty whose academic engagement, scholarly accomplishments, and service stand out among their peers in contributing to the University’s mission.

Awardees are honored for their dedication and excellence in six areas: Undergraduate Teaching, Graduate Teaching, Research in Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, Performing and Visual Arts, and Community Service. Each awardee receives a citation and an honorarium, with presentations made at the Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 18.

On behalf of the Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards Selection Committee, we would also like to take this opportunity to thank those who nominated faculty members for this year’s awards.

Please join us in congratulating the 2018-19 Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards Recipients:

Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Christine Alvarado (Computer Science and Engineering)

Excellence in Graduate Teaching
Jens Lykke-Andersen (Molecular Biology)

Excellence in Research in Humanities & Social Sciences
Craig Callender (Philosophy)

Excellence in Science & Engineering
Shirley Meng (Nanoengineering)

Excellence in Community Service
Olivia Graeve (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Excellence in Performing and Visual Arts
Robert Brill (Theatre and Dance)

For more information about this year’s awardees and their outstanding contributions, visit

Pradeep K. Khosla

Elizabeth H. Simmons
Executive Vice Chancellor

Announcing the 9th Annual Integrity Award Recipients and Awards Ceremony

April 1, 2019

I am delighted to announce the 2019 UC San Diego Integrity Award Recipients.

The awards program recognizes individuals, departments, organizational units and students who have made outstanding contributions in support of UC San Diego's commitment to integrity. A review committee comprised of  faculty, staff, and student/alumni representatives evaluated nominations

and recommended award recipients.

The 9th Annual Integrity Award Ceremony will recognize the following 2019 Integrity Awardees:

  • Elizabeth Bell (Research Coordinator, Biomedical Informatics)
  • Sara Gianella Weibel (Assistant Adjunct Professor, School of Medicine)
  • Atul Malhotra (Professor, School of Medicine)
  • Emily Trask (Executive Director, Center for Student Involvement)
  • Kristen Tregar (Ph.D Student, Theatre & Dance)

Please join me in recognizing the contributions of these outstanding UC San Diego community members on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Student Services Center, Multi-Purpose Room. All UC San Diego community members are invited to attend the Ceremony to honor all of these champions of integrity. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 9:00a.m. Wednesday April 10th, 2018 at:

Please contact the event organizers with any questions at or 858-822-2163.


Elizabeth H. Simmons
Executive Vice Chancellor

Appointment of Professor Susan Narucki as Inaugural Director of Arts and Community Engagement

Dec. 11, 2018

I am pleased to announce Department of Music Professor Susan Narucki will be serving as the inaugural director of Arts and Community Engagement, a new initiative from the Division of Arts and Humanities. Arts and Community Engagement is housed within the Institute of Arts and Humanities, and its goal is to connect students, faculty, alumni, staff and the greater community in a variety of performance, program and academic activities that highlight art as a means of fostering broader cultural dialogue and civic engagement.

Selected after an open call for faculty nominations within the Division of Arts and Humanities, Narucki began in the position Dec. 1, 2018 and has been appointed for two years with the possibility of extension.

UC San Diego is home to world-renowned arts and humanities departments — History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theatre and Dance, Visual Arts — and a thriving artistic community. The Institute of Arts and Humanities serves as the administrative home for 14 programs and one center on campus, and funds a wide range of programming and research initiatives for students, faculty and the general public. Dedicated to equity, diversity and inclusion, the institute is developing a robust network of collaborative relationships with museums, libraries and community organization throughout greater San Diego.

As part of the Institute of Arts and Humanities, the Arts and Community Engagement initiative seeks to:

  • Build a multi-disciplinary art community of undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff and off-campus community members who want to be engaged with art and the Institute of Arts and Humanities on campus,
  • Develop a variety of performance, program and academic activities that highlight art to engage community members in cultural and social dialogue, including the current partnership with San Diego Unified School District’s Visual and Performance Arts (VAPA) Foundation, as well as additional outreach with the Sweetwater Union High School
    District, South Bay Community Services and others,
  • Focus on high-impact, student-centered activities,
  • Create and expand art-based fellowship, internship and volunteer
    opportunities for students,
  • Increase opportunities for alumni and donor engagement, and
  • Bring the UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities and cross-campus community to activated spaces to engage with art and culture through a series of programs hosted by the Dean’s Office, Institute of Arts and Humanities, PATH program, relevant departments and other affiliated units.

For over three decades, soprano Susan Narucki has forged a unique path. Her dedication to the music of our time has led to award-winning recordings, critically acclaimed performances and close collaborations with generations of composers. Since joining the faculty in the Department of Music in 2008, she has been deeply engaged in commissioning, producing and performing chamber operas that illuminate critical issues in society. Narucki’s most recent production is “Inheritance,” a chamber opera that addresses gun violence in America.With music by Lei Liang and libretto by Matt Donovan, the world premiere performances of the opera took place at UC San Diego Oct. 24-27, 2018.

A dedicated mentor to the next generation of singers, Narucki’s recent residencies include the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Aichi University of the Arts, the Longy School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory. At UC San Diego, she directs the vocal ensemble kallisti.

One of the first activities for the initiative is “Indigo,” an interdisciplinary art exhibition that engages the public with conceptual art outside of a traditional gallery setting. The exhibition will be displayed in the Jacobs School of Engineering Dean’s Offices through February 2019.

Cristina Della Coletta
Dean, Division of Arts and Humanities

Luis Alvarez,
Director, Institute of Arts and Humanities

Appointment of Craig Callender and John Evans as Co-Directors of the Institute for Practical Ethics

Oct. 2, 2017

I am pleased to announce Craig Callender and John Evans will be serving as the inaugural co-directors of the Institute for Practical Ethics. Hosted in the Division of Arts and Humanities, the mission of the institute is to develop and promote cross-disciplinary research on ethical issues facing the public, with special emphasis on fostering deliberation amongst ethicists, scientists and policy makers.

UC San Diego is one of the world's greatest producers of technology, medical innovations and scientific knowledge. These developments can offer great benefits to humanity, but they often raise urgent ethical questions. The aim of the Institute for Practical Ethics is to help close the gap between the pace of innovation and our ability to deal with these questions responsibly.

The Institute for Practical Ethics is based on a holistic vision, one that is focused on the theoretical and pragmatic aspects of ethical problems, founded on a partnership among social scientists, natural scientists and humanists, and attentive to both social and individual-level problems. The institute will host speakers, convene interdisciplinary research groups and create publicly available analyses of cutting-edge ethical issues generated by UC San Diego's research activity. In line with other major university initiatives, such as the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society, one of the first topics the Institute for Practical Ethics will address will be the ethical and social implications of gene-drive technologies.

Craig Callender is a professor in the Department of Philosophy. He specializes in philosophy of science, especially the foundations of modern physics. He also has strong interests in the environment, and has taught environmental ethics, environmental history and environmental social science in Philosophy, Muir College and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His most recent book is "What Makes Time Special?" (Oxford, 2017), and he is the author of scores of articles in philosophy, physics and law journals.

John Evans is a professor in the Department of Sociology. He specializes in using social science to contribute to humanistic and ethical debates about science. He has particularly focused on ethical debates about human genetics, the relationship between religion and science, and the social structure of the field of bioethics. He regularly engages in cross-disciplinary deliberation and was a member of the recent National Academies Committee on Human Gene Editing. He has been a visiting faculty member or honorary professor at five international universities, as well as the author of six books and 50 articles and chapters.

To learn more about the Institute for Practical Ethics and connect to its activities, go to or contact the institute at


Cristina Della Coletta
Dean, Division of Arts and Humanities