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Dr. Arnaa Alcon Appointed Dean

Speaks of “evolving and ambitious vision” for College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Dr. Arnaa Alcon in her office

The New Year brings a new title for Dr. Arnaa Alcon who, as of Jan. 2, is dean of Bridgewater State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

“I am deeply honored and very excited about the opportunity to work with colleagues across the university and especially in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, to realize a shared, evolving and ambitious vision of the best college and BSU we can be,” Dr. Alcon said. 

Since August of 2017, Dr. Alcon has served as interim dean of the college, and is credited during that time with prioritizing diversity, inclusion, interdisciplinary programs, student recruitment and retention, strategic and budgetary planning, and collaborative initiatives.

Prior to her appointment as interim dean, Dr. Alcon led the School of Social Work, serving as chair since 2009 and as acting coordinator of the master’s of social work program from 2010 to 2011. 

The focus of her teaching and applied research is in the areas of aging, social policy, and financial literacy. Dr. Alcon’s scholarship has been presented at national social work, gerontology, and leadership conferences.

Looking ahead, Dr. Alcon is excited to continue her work at BSU.

“The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the academic home for extraordinary students, faculty, staff and programs. We have a history of achievement and service of which to be proud and a future that offers practically unlimited possibilities in teaching, learning and scholarship,” she said.

Dr. Alcon holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Amherst College, a master’s of social work degree and certificate in gerontology from Boston University, and a doctorate degree from the Heller School at Brandeis University. (Story by Heather Harris Michonski, University News & Video)

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