BCLA | Congratulations to Professor Deena J. González on her appointment as provost and senior vice president at Gonzaga University, effective June 1, 2019.
Professor González is an accomplished scholar and educational leader who has left an indelible mark at the university. She joined LMU’s Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts from Pomona College in 2001 as chair of the Department of Chicana/o Studies, a post she held until 2009. She also twice directed or co-directed the American Cultures program. She authored the first major, comprehensive reference work on Latino/as in the U.S. with an academic press, “The Oxford Encyclopedia on Latina/os in the United States,” and authored a second reference work with Oxford University Press focusing on Latina/o politics, social movements, and the law.
She had a fellowship with the American Council on Education in 2010-11, then was appointed director of faculty development in 2011-12. In 2012, she was appointed associate provost for faculty affairs and served in that position until 2018. In that capacity, she advanced shared governance between faculty and senior leaders, implemented the new faculty review system, organized numerous faculty events, including the New Faculty Orientation, and supported staff development. During her associate provost tenure she taught three classes, maintaining her interest in student success.
Outside LMU, Professor González was named one of the 50 most important living women historians in the U.S. by the Sophia Smith Radcliffe/Harvard project, and she will be honored at a special session of the Organization of American Historians in Philadelphia in 2019 for her work in mentoring historians.
Professor González wrote: “I will miss my colleagues dearly and the special atmosphere provided at LMU as it embraces the service of faith and the promotion of justice. I am grateful to the mentorship I have been blessed to have received and learned through it the true meaning of educare, to lead out. I look forward to many continued associations with LMU and its Lions everywhere, except perhaps at basketball games!”