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UE Welcomes Amanda L. Krause as Dean of William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences

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UE Welcomes Amanda L. Krause as Dean of William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences

JUNE 5, 2024

The University of Evansville (UE) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Amanda L. Krause, Ph.D., as the new dean of the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).

Dr. Krause brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to UE’s mission “to empower each student to think critically, act bravely, serve responsibly, and live meaningfully in a changing world.” She will begin her new role in mid-July.

Dr. Krause joins UE from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where she currently serves as Director of International Programs and Associate Professor of Political Science. While there, she oversaw the political science and international studies majors, all Study Abroad programs, and programming for international students.

A proud graduate of the University of Missouri, where she earned her Ph.D. in Political Science with a focus on Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Research Methods, Dr. Krause has distinguished herself as a visionary academic leader. She holds an M.A. in Political Science from Louisiana State University and a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University. Dr. Krause was the founder and director of the innovative Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) program at Mount St. Mary’s.

“I am excited and honored to lead the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Evansville,” said Dr. Krause. “I look forward to collaborating with UE’s exceptional faculty, staff, and students to forge connections, prioritize student needs, and bring innovative solutions that will enhance the College and the University as a whole. I am eager to work with the entire UE community and continue my commitment to being an engaged citizen, both on and off campus. Together, we will build upon UE’s rich connections and programs to chart an even brighter future.”

Dr. Krause’s impressive record includes over 20 peer-reviewed conference papers, published journal articles, and invited presentations. Her research focuses on comparative political economy, with a specific emphasis on social services and well-being in the Americas. Beyond her academic achievements, Dr. Krause is deeply committed to community service and frequently volunteers with domestic and international non-governmental organizations. She travels extensively to conduct research and assess social programs in the Americas and Europe and provides consulting services to enhance data collection, assessment, and grant-writing processes for nonprofits.

“Dr. Krause’s dedication to collaboration, relationship-building, and alignment with UE’s values and mission make her an exceptional choice to lead the College of Arts and Sciences,” said Mary Kessler, Interim Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at UE. “Her enthusiasm, vision, and innovative problem-solving abilities will be invaluable assets as we continue to elevate the University’s reputation for academic excellence.”

The William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences is named after life trustee and devoted friend of the university, the late Dr. William L. Ridgway. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of the academic units at the University. It is home to 13 departments including archaeology; art; biology; chemistry; communication; English and creative writing; foreign languages and cultures; history, politics, and social change; mathematics; music conservatory; physics; psychology and behavioral sciences; and theatre. Learn more by visiting, 

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