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UC San Diego names new dean of Arts & Humanities

Cristina Della Coletta, a professor of Italian and an associate dean at the University of Virginia, has been appointed dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, San Diego. She will start Aug. 15.

“With her cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural research and experience, Cristina Della Coletta is uniquely poised to lead a vibrant division at UC San Diego, especially as we embark on furthering our work as a public university -- centered on students, focused on research and oriented to service,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla.

“I am confident her energy, her ideas and her considerable skills as a scholar and an administrator will enable the division, and UC San Diego as a whole, to reach new heights.”

A doctoral alumna of UCLA, Della Coletta will hold the Chancellor’s Associates Chair in Italian Literature.

Della Coletta is currently serving as associate dean of humanities and the arts in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, where she has been a faculty member since 1992. She has served as director of the undergraduate program in Italian and associate chair of the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, in addition to holding a number of other academic leadership roles within the college and university.

Della Coletta has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards and fellowships. And for the past decade, she has volunteered as a senior mentor to junior faculty in two UVA programs, one focused on excellence in diversity and the other on teaching.

She is also an award-winning author of three books, with research interests that include contemporary Italian literature, particularly historical fiction, film and cultural studies, women’s studies, and the use of technology in the humanities.

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