Todd Shields has been named dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, effective March 24. Shields currently serves as dean of the university’s Graduate School and International Education and has been interim dean of Fulbright College since Aug. 1, 2013. Shields earned a master’s degree and doctorate in political science from the University of Kentucky and holds two bachelor of arts degrees, one in political science and one in psychology, from Miami University. He joined the University of Arkansas in 1994 as an assistant professor of political science. He was promoted to associate professor in 1999 and to full professor in 2005. He also directs the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society and previously served as interim dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.
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