Rhodes Appointed Interim Dean of College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Craig RhodesGreensboro, N.C. (July 20, 2017) - Craig Rhodes, Ph.D., has been appointed interim dean for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Provost Joe B. Whitehead Jr. announced today. Rhodes’ appointment was effective July 17, 2017.

Rhodes had been serving as special assistant to the provost, a position that included managing faculty affairs, developing and implementing faculty policy and regulations and managing the tenure and promotion process.   

Rhodes previously led other major campus initiatives, such as the NCAA Athletic Recertification Committee and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Elective Community Engagement Classification Task Force.           

As interim dean, Rhodes will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. He will be responsible for the overall administration of academic and research programs within the college. 

His additional responsibilities include oversight of student recruitment and retention; budgetary management and resource allocation; faculty and staff development; evaluation and assessment of academic programs; accreditation oversight as appropriate; providing vision, direction and oversight for strategic planning; development of relationships with external constituencies and internal units; and maintaining the high academic and research standards of the college. 

Rhodes was selected as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow during the 2012-13 year. The ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education, by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. 

In 2002, Rhodes joined North Carolina A&T in the Master of Science program in Training and Development for Industry housed in the former School of Technology. He earned his doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota, specializing in Workplace Education from the Department of Work, Community and Family Education, which is now the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development. Rhodes is also a two-time graduate of North Carolina A&T with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (electronics) and a Master of Science in Technology Teacher Education. 

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences was created last year as part of the university’s academic reorganization. It includes academic units previously included in the College of Arts and Sciences, including the Departments of English, History, Journalism and Mass Communication, Liberal Studies, Political Science and Criminal Justice and Visual and Performing Arts. 

During the new college’s initial year, Gloria Jones-Johnson, Ph.D., served as interim dean. The university is thankful for her leadership and service throughout that time.