Building a better world

Impact Report 2017-2018

Message from the Dean


For 130 years, the liberal arts have been a change agent, broadening the perspectives of Georgia Tech students  and faculty, amplifying their capacity to engage the profound changes in our world – of which we are both maker and experiencer. 

Academic Year 2017 – 2018, our 130th, has been one of extraordinary advancement in our research and education enterprises, and in the public service that is deliberately intrinsic to so much of what we do in this College. The small sampling of our work presented here, offers evidence that we continue to infuse our strengths with those of the Institute and to evolve toward the kind of holistic innovation and problem solving that is vital to our survival as a global technological society. You will find that the work of our faculty and students is of ever-widening influence around the world, domestically, and in our home state and city. We hope that the exciting work and perspectives shared in this report inspire you to heighten your involvement with us – to partner with us in creating the next innovation at the crossroads of liberal arts and technology to Build A Better World.

With warm regards,

Jacqueline J. Royster
Dean, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
Ivan Allen Jr. Dean’s Chair in Liberal Arts and Technology
Professor of English in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication

Executive Leadership

Dean RoysterJacqueline J. Royster

Janet MurrayJanet H. Murray
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs

Carol A. Colatrella
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

John ToneJohn L. Tone
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Peter K. Brecke
Assistant Dean for Information Technology

School Chairs

Laura O TaylorLaura O. Taylor
School of Economics

Eric SchatzbergEric Schatzberg
School of History and Sociology

Richard UtzRichard Utz
School of Literature, Media, and Communication

Anna Westerstahl StenportAnna Westerstahl Stenport
School of Modern Languages

Kaye Husbands FealingKaye Husbands Fealing
School of Public Policy

Joseph R. BankoffJoseph R. Bankoff
Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

We are grateful to the individuals who serve on advisory boards for the College, and the Schools of Economics, Literature, Media, and Communication, Public Policy, and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. We value their dedication and insights. These individuals are highlighted on the College and School websites. We also express our gratitude to staff — in the dean’s office and in each school. Their inestimable contributions ensure that we are the very best we can be.

Dean Jacqueline J. Royster Portrait

Jacqueline J. Royster, Dean
Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Chair

The original two tower buildings of the Georgia Tech campus
A view of the Ivan Allen College Savant Building looking back toward Georgia Tech Tower and the Atlanta skyline.
Dean’s Offices Move to Heart of Campus

The Offices of the Dean have relocated to the
newly renovated first floor of the D.P. Savant
building at 631 Cherry Street, just steps from
Tech Tower. We have contiguous office space
for the dean’s staff, plus conference rooms,
and event space that support our efforts to
build community in the liberal arts and beyond.

Creating the Next

Culturally Aware Citizen
Ethical Entrepreneur
Equitable Decision-Maker
Forward Thinking Public Servant
Global Humanitarian
Multilingual Mediator
Multidisciplinary Problem Solver
Smart Citizen
Sustainable Innovator
Tech Savvy Creator