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St. John Fisher College Names New School of Arts and Sciences Dean

February 27, 2017

After a nationwide search, St. John Fisher College has named Dr. Ann Marie Fallon as the new dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, effective July 5, 2017.

Ann Marie Fallon

At Fisher, she will lead the College’s largest School, which is home to more than 1,000 undergraduates who are enrolled in 26 majors, including those in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The School is also responsible for the College’s Core Curriculum, a program of liberal arts courses that all undergraduates take as central to their academic experience.

“Dr. Fallon brings a wealth of notable academic experiences to the School of Arts and Sciences which will serve our students well,” said Dr. Gerard J. Rooney, president of St. John Fisher College. “I am confident that her professional achievements will transfer seamlessly to her role as dean in the School of Arts and Sciences, and I look forward to welcoming her to the College and to Rochester.”

Fallon comes to Fisher from Marylhurst University, a private Catholic liberal arts university in Portland, Oregon, where she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs, and professor of English.  During her time at Marylhurst, Fallon's leadership portfolio included Academic Affairs, Information Technology, Library Services, Professional Development Center, and the Art Gym.

Under her leadership, the University achieved reaccreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and she worked to renew Marylhurst’s standing as a “Veteran Friendly Institution,” through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She also strengthened partnerships with several area community colleges, and spearheaded international collaborations in Malaysia and Germany.

“It is an honor and a privilege to join the Fisher family,” said Fallon. “St. John Fisher College’s commitment to academic excellence and community engagement speaks to my own deeply held faith in the power of a liberal arts education to prepare students as critical thinkers and servant leaders in their communities and in the world.”

Prior to her tenure at Marylhurst, Fallon spent 13 years at Portland State University, where she became the founding director of the Urban Honors College, an independent academic College within the University, which focuses on urban affairs, culture, and ecology through an undergraduate research, service-learning, and civic engagement model. In her role as founding director, she developed and implemented student recruitment and marketing plans for the College, increasing enrollment from 50 full-time students to more than 1,000.  Fully integrating the College into the University, Fallon developed a campus experience including dedicated residence floors, student study and gathering space, and classroom space.

Fallon holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Swarthmore College, and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in English Literature from the University of Virginia. In 2004, she was selected as a Fulbright Junior Lecturer in American Studies, and the Inaugural Visiting Professor at the Centre for American Studies at the University of Trier, Germany. Her scholarship, which has explored both a critical analysis of contemporary American literature and best practices in teaching and learning in the humanities, has been published in refereed journals and books.

Throughout her career, she has earned more than a dozen awards and grants, most recently a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Educational Quality through Innovation Partnership Waiver, and a Campus Compact Equity Empowerment Corps Program Partnership Grant.