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Sheila Adamus Liotta

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Saint Anselm College

Dr. Sheila Adamus Liotta has been the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Saint Anselm College since June of 2022.  Previously, she served as the founding dean of the ​School of Arts & Sciences at Providence College from January of 2009 through June of 2022.  Prior to her time as dean, she served as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for eight years.  She joined the Providence College faculty in 1993.

Support of the liberal arts is a major component of Dr. Liotta’s approach to leadership.  During her tenure as dean, the Providence College School of Arts & Sciences promoted and supported the College’s commitment to academic excellence in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and natural sciences by building new interdisciplinary programs, enhancing existing academic offerings, and overseeing Providence College’s robust liberal arts core curriculum.  Dr. Liotta led Providence College’s successful application for a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the premier arts and sciences honor society, which was installed in April of 2022.  Dr. Liotta also prioritized issues of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout her time as dean and continues to prioritize these issues as VPAA.  Among other efforts, she created an associate dean position focused in this area, to ensure that the School of Arts & Sciences consistently worked towards achieving Providence College’s strategic DEI goals.  She is committed to helping Saint Anselm College achieve its own strategic objectives in this regard as well.

Dr. Liotta obtained her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Rutgers University and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University.  An organic chemist and a strong proponent of undergraduate research, Dr. Liotta supervised thirty-five student researchers in her Providence College laboratory.  More recently, she primarily taught a course for non-science majors on contemporary issues in chemistry.

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