Hicks named dean of Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts

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Following a national search, Auburn University has selected Jason Hicks as the next dean of the College of Liberal Arts, or CLA, effective July 1.

Hicks joins Auburn from Louisiana State University, where he is currently Provost’s Fellow in the Office of Academic Affairs. He succeeds Ana Franco-Watkins, who served as interim dean since July 2021 following Joe Aistrup’s return to the faculty after serving as dean for eight years. Franco-Watkins will return to her position as professor and director of the Department of Psychological Sciences.

“Throughout the research process, our ACC faculty, staff, students and alumni have indicated their desire for an effective leader to bring together diverse perspectives and create a renewed vision for the college. said Acting Vice Rector Vini Nathan. “With the selection of Jason Hicks, I am confident that he will achieve these goals and foster new levels of innovation and excellence in the college’s teaching, research and outreach programs.”

An international researcher in human memory, Hicks began his tenure at LSU in 1998 as an assistant professor of psychology, rising to the rank of associate professor in 2004 and full professor in 2011. Hicks served as chair of LSU’s psychology department from 2014 in 2018. , leading a large academic unit with 26 full-time faculty, 100 graduate students across five doctoral programs, and over 850 undergraduate students. From 2018 to 2021, he served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, where he led professional development and leadership efforts for the college, including the creation of HSS Future Forward, a professional development program for young people. ambitious department heads.

“I am extremely honored to accept this leadership opportunity,” Hicks said. “The College of Liberal Arts is really integral to the success of the university. I look forward to furthering the college’s positive impact on college students, staff, faculty, and alumni. »

Hicks will lead one of the largest colleges on the Auburn campus, made up of two schools and 12 departments encompassing social sciences, communications, fine and performing arts, humanities and aviation. As Auburn’s academic core, CLA has a successful record of research, creative pursuits, and outreach among its 800 faculty and staff and 4,800 students.

As Dean, Hicks’ immediate priorities include developing strategies to improve the student experience and expand access to CLA programs and courses, fostering opportunities to support faculty recruitment and retention, expanding the engagement with alumni and enhance the professional development and leadership of faculty and staff. With short- and long-term strategies, Hicks will build on academic efforts that enhance CLA’s core values: learning and knowledge, inclusion and equity, and engagement and impact.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Hicks earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Truman State University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Georgia.

Hicks’ research expertise includes the areas of human memory distortion, memory for intentions (prospective memory), memory for the source of learned information, and how people control memory retrieval. memory. He has published in prestigious journals such as Memory & Cognition; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition; and the Journal of Memory and Language. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and Fellow of the Psychonomic Society.

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