Founding Dean, School of Arts & Sciences, Providence College
Dr. Sheila Adamus Liotta was appointed founding dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at Providence College in January of 2009 and continues to serve in that role. Prior to this appointment, she served as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for eight years. She has been a faculty member at Providence College since 1993.
During Dr. Liotta’s tenure as dean, the School of Arts & Sciences has 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 the College’s robust liberal arts core curriculum. Dr. Liotta led the College’s successful application for a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the premier arts and sciences honor society, which will be installed at Providence College in the spring of 2022. Dr. Liotta has also prioritized issues of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout her time as dean. Among other efforts, she created an associate dean position focused in this area, to ensure that the School of Arts & Sciences consistently works towards achieving the College’s strategic DEI goals.
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. Since becoming dean, she has primarily taught a course for non-science majors on contemporary issues in chemistry.