Office of the Dean

Listed below are the staff of the Dean’s Office, located on the first floor of Old Main. Faculty issues are handled through the Dean’s Office. Our knowledgeable personnel coordinate recruiting, hiring, program reviews, dean’s calendar, and scholarships, among other things.

Steven Leigh, Dean

  • 303-492-7294, Old Main 1-43
  • BIO: Dean Steve Leigh is a biological anthropologist whose research explores the interactions between humans and the microbes that contribute to digestive efficiency.  He also studies human growth with a special emphasis on the growth of the brain.  He has extensive experience in archaeology, palaeontology, and anatomy.  His teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder focuses on the history of human evolution.  Leigh received his B.A. from Northwestern University, M.A. from the University of Tennessee, and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.  He has served as dean of Arts and Sciences since 2012.

Susan Sires

  • Assistant to the Dean – Faculty Liaison
  • 303-492-4933, Old Main 1-43
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  • Responsibilities: Faculty affairs such as recruiting and hiring, leaves, and post-tenure reviews.

Anna Jensen

  • Professional Assistant to the Dean
  • 303-492-8799, Old Main 1-43
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  • Responsibilities: Liaison between the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and its departments and programs and centers, as well as with other campus administrators, faculty, students, and with the general public.  Calendar and travel arrangements for the Dean.  Administrator for A&S Fund for Excellence, College Scholar Award and Gamm Interdisciplinary Course awards.

Wendy Webster

  • Scholarship Liaison and Dean’s Assistant
  • 303-492-7294, Old Main 1-43
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  • Responsibilities: Oversees scholarship, “with Distinction” honors, and Dean’s List processes. Dean’s Office assistant, handling calls and walk-ins. Also acts as backup for Anna and Susan. Maintains Chairs-Directors and Assistants e-mail lists. Back-up building proctor. Minutes for A&S Chairs/Directors Committee Meetings. Coordinates sabbatical process.