Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU, recently attended the annual meeting of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) and is making plans to attend the annual Entomological Society of America conference.
At the CCAS meeting, Downing served as a case study leader and facilitated discussions of five case studies submitted by various deans on complex situations they have faced.
“Each year the case study session is one of the most popular sessions at the conference,” Downing says, “After discussing what we feel is an appropriate response or decision in each case, the actual decisions and consequences of those decisions are read to the group.”
CCAS sponsors professional development workshops and meetings for College of Arts and Sciences chairs, assistant and associate deans, and deans. Downing has been a member of this organization for nine years, and in the past has participated in panels on 1) the changing role of chairs and 2) the role of the fine arts in developing relationships with the community.
Downing will serve as a judge for the student competition at the annual Entomological Society of America conference. This conference brings together several thousand entomologists from around the world. There are both oral and poster presentations.
Downing, who was appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1998, received her master’s degree and her doctorate in entomology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.