Stonehill Names Peter Ubertaccio Dean of School of Arts & Sciences

May 18, 2017

Easton, MA – Stonehill College has named Political Science Professor Peter Ubertaccio as the founding dean of its recently established School of Arts & Sciences. A scholar of American political history and government, Ubertaccio will begin his appointment on July 1.

“Peter has a proven record of accomplishment as an energetic, thoughtful academic leader. An esteemed scholar, he is respected by faculty and students. Understanding our Catholic and Congregation of Holy Cross educational philosophy, he also has a collaborative style, intellectual vision and excellent administrative and strategic skills,” said President John Denning, C.S.C.

“In leading the School of Arts & Sciences, I know he will be unrelenting in advancing teaching and research activities for faculty and ensuring our students receive an education of the highest caliber that fosters critical thinking, free inquiry and the interchange of ideas,” Denning added.

Recently, the College recently restructured itself into two schools—a School of Business and a School of Arts & Sciences. This transition will create opportunities for new accredited programs and position Stonehill to better compete with similar institutions regionally and nationally.

For nearly 70 years, Stonehill graduates have made a lasting impact in finance, banking, politics, STEM fields, education, the arts and humanities, nonprofits and more. These new schools, which offer the latest technologies and designs, will build on that success---ensuring that the College is preparing students for success in future careers, to be critical thinkers who can innovate and solve challenging problems, and to build a better world by positively contributing to their families and communities.

In his new role as Dean, Ubertaccio will communicate the School’s vision and goals to internal and external constituencies, overseeing the work of more than 130 faculty, and partnering with them to position the School as a leader in 21st century higher

“With the School of Arts & Sciences, we are poised to recommit ourselves to academic and intellectual rigor, faculty development, and innovative pedagogies that challenge our students and prepare them to solve problems under real-world pressures. I am honored to have been chosen as Dean and look forward to working with my faculty colleagues and with students as we chart a dynamic future for the arts and sciences at the College,” said Ubertaccio.

About Peter Ubertaccio

Over the past ten years, under Ubertaccio’s direction, Martin Institute for Law and Society grew in stature as a center for the study of politics and policy, and for its vibrant portfolio of public debates, conferences, speakers, and presentations.

As the Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs since 2014, he strengthened traditional interdisciplinary majors and minors while developing new ones and supporting faculty and students. As Chair from 2010 to 2014, he guided the Political Science department through a period growth and a major curriculum revision.

He has also served as Vice President of the Faculty Senate and is a respected media commentator on American politics. Teaching at Stonehill since 2001, Ubertaccio received a bachelor’s degree from The Catholic University of America (1994) and a Ph.D in politics from Brandeis University (2002).

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About Stonehill College

Stonehill is a selective Catholic college located near Boston on a beautiful 384-acre campus in Easton, Massachusetts. With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, the College engages over 2,500 students in 80+ rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional fields. The Stonehill community helps students to develop the knowledge, skills, and character to meet their professional goals and to live lives of purpose and integrity.