College of Liberal Arts


Dean Beth Wright


Associate Dean Elisabeth Cawthon

Associate Dean Kevin Gustafson

Associate Dean Les Riding-In

Associate Dean Kimberly van Noort




Phone 817.272.3291

Fax 817.272.3255


210 University Hall

601 S Nedderman Dr

Box 19617, Arlington, Texas 76019, USA

Graduate Faculty

Art + Art History


Robert Hower

Benito Huerta Lozano

David Keens

Kenda North

Nancy Palmeri

Mary Vaccaro

Associate Professor

Lisa Graham

Marilyn Jolly

R Leighton McWilliams

Andrew Ortiz

Jack Plummer

Barton Weiss

Nicholas Wood

Assistant Professor

Amanda Alexander

Melia Belli

Zenas Ikeda

Darryl Lauster

Benjamin Lima

Dwain Ya’Ke Smith

Salvatore Terrasi

Special Member

Bryan Florentin

Sedrick Huckaby

Stephen Lapthisophon


Associate Professor

Thomas Christie

Andrew Clark

Tom Ingram

Chyng-Yang Jang

Charla Markham Shaw

Eronini Megwa

Assistant Professor

Karishma Chatterjee

Dustin Harp

Erika Pribanic-Smith

Chunke Su

Mark Tremayne

Shelley Wigley

Senior Lecturer

Brian Horton

Criminology & Criminal Justice


Alejandro Del Carmen

Associate Professor

Robert Bing

Assistant Professor

Jaya Davis

Seokjin Jeong

Tony Love

John Rodriguez

Visiting Assistant Professor

Christopher Copeland

Senior Lecturer

Randall Butler

Karel Carpenter

Rhonda Dobbs

Patricia Eddings

Kristy Smith

Royce West


Estee Beck

Bruce Krajewski

Erin Murrah-Mandril

Kenton Rambsy


Stacy Alaimo

Timothy Morris

Kenneth Roemer

Associate Professor

Jacqueline Fay

Luanne Frank

Kevin Gustafson

Desiree Henderson

Penelope Ingram

Neill Matheson

Cedric May

Kevin Porter

Timothy Richardson

Johanna Smith

Amy Tigner

Assistant Professor

William Arce

James Warren

Yuejiao Zhang


Paul Conrad

David Lafevor

Scott Palmer


Thomas Adam

Imre Demhardt

Robert Fairbanks

Sam Haynes

Donald Kyle

Christopher Morris

Stanley Palmer

Jerry Rodnitzky

Associate Professor

Elisabeth Cawthon

Stephanie Cole

William Dulaney

John Garrigus

Joyce Goldberg

Alusine Jalloh

Stephen Maizlish

David Narrett

Steven Reinhardt

Gerald Saxon

Roberto Trevino

Assistant Professor

Patryk Babiracki

Oliver Bateman

Sarah Rose

Cristina Salinas

Kenyon Zimmer

Professor Emeritus

George Green

Kenneth Philp

Douglas Richmond


Suwon Yoon


Colleen Fitzgerald

David Silva

Associate Professor

Laurel Stvan

Assistant Professor

Cynthia Kilpatrick

Joseph Sabbagh

Jeffrey Witzel

Professor Emeritus

Jerold Edmondson

Senior Lecturer

Naoko Witzel

Military Science

Lora Rimmer

Modern Languages

Associate Professor

Jinny Choi

Christopher Conway

Raymond Elliott

Aimee Israel-Pelletier

Lana Rings

Ignacio Ruiz-Perez

Antoinette Sol

Kimberly van Noort

Assistant Professor

Amy Austin

Sonia Kania

Christopher Stewart

Sonja Watson


Sarah Frisof

David Grogan

Department Chair

Rick Bogard


John Burton

Linton Powell

Jing Tam

Associate Professor

Daniel Cavanagh

George Chave

Sergio Espinosa

Graham Hunt

Timothy Ishii

Carol Jessup

Karen Kenaston-French

Soo Kim

Diane Lange

John Solomons

Douglas Stotter

Michael Varner

Martha Walvoord

Assistant Professor

Sean Atkinson

Young-Hyun Cho

Clifton Evans

Christopher Pool

Philosophy and Humanities


Susan Hekman

Associate Professor

Lewis Baker

Keith Burgess-Jackson

Charles Chiasson

Charles Nussbaum

Harry Reeder

Kenneth Williford

Assistant Professor

Miriam Byrd

Political Science

Senior Vice Provost

Michael Moore


Mark Cichock

Victoria Farrar-Myers

Jose Gutierrez

Susan Hekman

Joseph Ignagni

Thomas Marshall

Dale Story

Associate Professor

Brent Boyea

Jill Clark

Rebecca Deen

Allan Saxe

Assistant Professor

Aytem Bayram

Heidi Hardt

Brent Sasley

Daniel Sledge

Associate Adjunct Professor

Thomas Little

Professor Emeritus

Allan Butcher

Senior Lecturer

Larry Carter

Sociology and Anthropology


Ben Agger

Beth Anne Shelton

Shelley Smith

Robert Young

Associate Professor

Susan Baker

Dana Dunn

Heather Jacobson

Robert Kunovich

Linda Rouse

Christian Zlolniski

Assistant Professor

Krystal Beamon

Naomi Cleghorn

Chunping Han

Ritu Khanduri

Jason Shelton

Amy Speier

Professor Emeritus

Joseph Bastien

Raymond Eve


Josephine Ryan

Theatre Arts


Andrew Gaupp

Kim Lafontaine

Associate Professor

Joe Chapa

Joseph Kongevick

Dennis Maher

Graduate Advisors

Amy Austin

Modern Languages, French Certificate

Modern Languages, M.A. (Spanish or French Concentration)

Modern Languages, Non-Degree Seeking

Modern Languages, Spanish Certificate

Thomas Christie

Communications, M.A.

Stephanie Cole

History, M.A.

Rhonda Dobbs

Criminology and Criminal Justice, M.A.

Clifton Evans

Music Performance, M.M. Thesis

Music, M.M.

John Garrigus

Transatlantic History, Ph.D.

Heather Jacobson

Sociology, M.A. Thesis

Cynthia Kilpatrick

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, M.A.

Nancy Palmeri

Art, M.F.A.

John Rodriguez

Criminology and Criminal Justice, M.A.

Josephine Ryan

Anthropology, M.A.

Joseph Sabbagh

Linguistics, M.A.

Brent Sasley

Political Science, M.A.

Amy Tigner

English, M.A.

English, Non-Degree Seeking

English, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Witzel

Linguistics, Ph.D.

Kenyon Zimmer

Transatlantic History, B.A. to Ph.D.

Transatlantic History, Ph.D.


Mission and Philosophy

History and Overview

Scholastic Activity and Research Interests of the Faculty

Special Programs and Opportunities


Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the College of Liberal Arts is to provide a learning community wherein students are provided both broad-based and specialized education and to vitalize the educational process by creating and transmitting knowledge through research, scholarship and creative activity.

The college is characterized by a diversity of intellectual styles and interests. Departments and programs cluster into social sciences, humanities and fine arts. Liberal Arts disciplines address the rich meanings of human experience and expression and liberate the imagination by producing knowledge and creating beauty.

The faculty and administration of the college address the traditional objectives of liberal arts in the University: 1) to develop the tools for analysis, appreciation and communication; for written and oral expression; for comprehension, interpretation, and analysis of textual material; for analytic reasoning and scientific method; and for appreciation of aesthetic experience; 2) to prepare students for a range of careers in academia and public and private sector organizations. Graduates of the college contribute to the region, the state and the nation as college and university professors, elementary and secondary teachers, legal professionals, in government agencies, social services, international business and industry, media and advertising, health and recreation, and cultural and entertainment industries; and 3) to promote understanding and critical evaluation of the cultural milieu the attitudes and the ideas that shape institutions and strategies in societies.

Accomplishing these objectives culminates in students reaping the creative, utilitarian and life enriching benefits of a liberal arts education.

History and Overview

The University of Texas at Arlington's College of Liberal Arts acquired its first graduate degrees in 1968, with the establishment of M.A. programs in English and History. Since that time, the number of M.A. programs offered has expanded to 13. In 1974, the college established its first Ph.D. level program, Humanities. The Humanities Program was reorganized in 1997 and replaced by three new Ph.D. level programs in English (Literature and Rhetoric/Composition tracks), History (transatlantic) and Linguistics. A joint Ph.D. in Philosophy with the University of North Texas was approved in 2005.

Scholastic Activity and Research Interests of the Faculty

The faculty in the College of Liberal Arts excel in their roles as educators, creative scholars and researchers. Eight faculty members have won the Academy of Distinguished Teachers Award, and eight faculty are Chancellor's Teaching Award recipients. Two of our faculty have won the prestigious Piper Award from the UT System. Several faculty from a variety of departments in the college also have won the University Research Achievement Award. Numerous faculty have received recognition for their published scholarship, including Pulitzer Prize nominations and the Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Book Award. The Jenkins and Virginia Garrett Endowed Chair in Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography was created in 1995 and is currently held by David Buisseret, Ph.D. Five faculty from the College of Liberal Arts have been selected to be members of the Academy of Distinguished Scholars.

The scholarly activities and research of the faculty cover a range of areas represented within the 13 disciplines in the college. History faculty research interests center on transatlantic broadly defined, and research specializations of faculty include southern, western and southwestern history, frontier development, women and gender, urban and labor and public history. English faculty research strengths lie in the areas of American, British and comparative literatures; and rhetoric, composition and criticism. Linguistics faculty specialize in field linguistics. Numerous faculty throughout the college also conduct research on gender and women's issues. Anthropology faculty members recently became the first foreign archaeological team to excavate in Albania in more than 50 years.

Special Programs and Opportunities

The College of Liberal Arts provides a number of special programs and opportunities for graduate students. College lecture series and seminars, conferences, publications, academic centers, library collections and an art gallery provide a mosaic of events and resources that enrich the university community.

Lecture Series, Seminars and Conferences:

  • Each year the English Department sponsors the Hermann Lecture series, which brings scholars from UT Arlington and other universities together for discussions and master classes on an issue of general theoretical interest.
  • The History Department presents the Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures each March. Nationally prominent speakers make presentations on an annual topic, followed by a dinner in the University Center and a keynote address.
  • Graduate students in Linguistics sponsor a Linguistics Conference each year. This conference provides an opportunity for students to begin their professional careers by organizing the sessions, reviewing paper abstracts and presenting their own research.
  • The Women's Studies Program organizes an annual, month-long Women's History Month Lecture Series. Exhibits and film/video presentations also are included as part of the events scheduled during the month of April. The Women's Studies Brown Bag Colloquium is another forum for scholars, primarily UT Arlington faculty, to share their research with the University community.
  • The Criminal Justice and Criminology Program sponsors a Brown Bag Lecture Series every spring semester, and students have the opportunity to receive credit for practicums.
  • The Philosophy Lecture Series is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Humanities, together with the Philosophy Club at UT Arlington. Each semester, a philosopher of national or international reputation from another university is invited to the UT Arlington campus to lecture on a topic of current philosophical interest.
  • The Department of Political Science hosts the annual Haggard Lectures, bringing in nationally and internationally known scholars in the field.
  • Each spring the Department of Sociology and Anthropology hosts the annual Termini Lecture Series in Anthropology, which brings a nationally prominent anthropologist to campus to speak on topics of general interest. The speaker typically presents a public lecture and a more informal presentation, primarily for the benefit of students, on a related topic.
  • The Department of History hosts an annual student conference for the graduate students.



  • The History Department publishes an annual volume comprised of Webb Lecture Series papers.
  • The English Department houses the online literary review "Znine" and the online journal "Pretext."
  • The Center for Theory houses the online journal "Fast Capitalism."
  • Individual departments/programs publish newsletters which provide news and information about and for students, faculty and alumni.



The College of Liberal Arts houses numerous centers designed to promote scholarship, research and teaching. These centers organize conferences, lecture series and workshops and provide a conduit for making faculty expertise available to the community. College of Liberal Arts centers are listed below and described in the Facilities for Advanced Studies and Research section of this catalog.

The Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training

The Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography

The Center for Mexican American Studies

The Center for Post-Soviet and East European Studies

The Center for Social Research

The Center for Theory

The English Language Institute

The International Linguistics Center

The Language Acquisition Center

The Women and Minorities Research and Resource Center

Other Resources

  • In support of the history M.A. and Ph.D. programs, the UT Arlington Library Special Collections houses the Jenkins Garrett Library of Texana and Mexican War historical material and the Cartographic History Library. In addition, Special Collections has material on UT Arlington's history since 1895, the history of organized labor in Texas and the Southwest, and Yucatan and Honduran archival materials.
  • The Gallery at UT Arlington presents a full program of major exhibitions in its 4,000-square-foot gallery, including lectures, symposia, screenings and publications. The Gallery's program demonstrates the complementary roles of visual and verbal literacy.
  • The Department of Modern Languages has a Language Laboratory which produces innovative software in language learning.
  • The Department of Music offers laboratory facilities and the Fine Arts Library contains an extensive collection of recordings and publications relating to musical performance and theory.
  • The Anthropology Program has a biological anthropology lab, and offers an archaeological field school every summer where students can gain academic credit for learning and applying archaeological field methods.
  • Numerous student organizations exist on campus to provide students with the opportunity to interact with peers in their disciplines. These student groups include interdisciplinary organizations for graduate students interested in Medieval Studies and Rhetoric; and honor societies for Anthropology, Communication, Criminal Justice, English, History, Political Science, and Sociology, as well as specialized interest groups.
  • Student awards, scholarships and teaching and research assistantships are available in many College of Liberal Arts departments and programs. Each spring the History Department awards an outstanding graduate student the Wolfskill Prize, a cash award and plaque representing superior attainment in history studies. The English Language Institute, a part of the Program in Linguistics, provides graduate teaching assistantships. A McNair Fellowship is sponsored by the Office of the Dean.
  • The Dean of College also awards funds for research travel and for travel to conferences for presentation of original research.


The College of Liberal Arts offers the following graduate degree programs:

Anthropology, M.A.

Communication, M.A.

Criminology and Criminal Justice, M.A.

English, M.A., Ph.D.

History, M.A.; Transatlantic History, Ph.D.

Humanities, M.A.

Linguistics, M.A., Ph.D.; TESOL, M.A.

Modern Languages (French and Spanish), M.A.

Music Education, M.M.

Philosophy, joint Ph.D. with UNT.

Political Science, M.A.; Public Administration, M.PA.

Sociology, M.A.