Dean Conley has articulated priorities for the Dean's Office:
- Promote the liberal arts as a core value of American higher education, at which William & Mary excels. Within Arts & Sciences we have a strong internal culture that understands, values, and excels in the liberal arts education. Our educational approach teaches students to think carefully and critically and to make new connections among various kinds of knowledge. The world needs – and values – these abilities of our graduates.
- Support the College Curriculum. Introduced in Fall 2015, our undergraduate College Curriculum and companion Center for the Liberal Arts have sparked creativity and innovation at every intellectual level, from senior faculty to the entering freshman class. We are achieving the combination of rigor, connections, flexibility, and innovation that is appropriate for our time and for our leadership position at the forefront of the liberal arts education.
- Continue to grow intellectually while retaining approximately the same footprint. Our identity and success are linked to our current size. The exchange of ideas that takes place inside and outside of the classroom is what keeps William & Mary vital. We have strength in the intimacy of our campus and of our educational experience – and retaining our small size does not constrain our potential growth in intellectual capacity.
- Embrace and extend technology that enhances research and teaching. Our faculty have a solid record of embracing technology in their teaching: taking advantage of what's possible, innovating their teaching methods, and improving the learning experience for students. Even as we embrace current technological tools, we seek new developments in technology that can enhance research and teaching.
- Support faculty scholarship in every way possible. The high caliber of our Arts & Sciences faculty is the way we attain academic excellence at William & Mary. Moving forward, we must continue to find the resources to hire and retain top faculty – to offer them the competitive salaries and appropriate working conditions, such as regular paid leaves for junior and senior faculty, that will allow us to continue to serve as a unique and inspiring model of higher education.
- Invest in curricular and faculty diversity. We value robust diversity of ideas and people, and actively support increased diversity within Arts & Sciences.
- Remain competitive with our graduate programs. By offering graduate fellowships that are competitive with our peer institutions and providing support at critical stages of graduate study, we seek continued excellence throughout our graduate programs.
- Implement national and international programs that serve to prepare students for global citizenship through study abroad and study away programs.
- Continue the conversations within Arts & Sciences that articulate our deepest pedagogical convictions and shared values, recognizing our great strength as a united community working together.