TCU Appoints Sonja Watson, Ph.D as Dean of AddRan College of Liberal Arts

Texas Christian University has named Sonja S. Watson, Ph.D., its new dean for the AddRan College of Liberal Arts. Watson will work to further the mission of the college and advance the university’s Vision in Action: Lead On strategic plan. She will begin her new role at TCU May 29, 2020.

Watson has an extensive background in academic administration, scholarly research and the liberal arts. She is currently associate dean of Academic Affairs for the College of Liberal Arts and associate professor of Spanish at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is the former director of the Women’s & Gender Studies Program. The appointment comes after a nine-month, nationwide search to replace longtime leader F. Andrew Schoolmaster, Ph.D., who has served as the AddRan dean for more than 12 years. Schoolmaster will retire at the end of the current academic year.

“Sonja is an accomplished, visionary leader who is well-respected for her dedication to student success, strategic planning and research,” Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, Ph.D., provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at TCU, said. “Her leadership and proven ability to advance programs and collaborate across many schools will be an asset to the university and help us reach our strategic goals. I am thrilled to welcome her to campus.”

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Dean Sonja S. Watson, Ph.D.