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Humanities-Social Sciences Dean to Retire

May 28, 2013

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Angela Della Volpe

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Angela Della Volpe, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences for the past three years, will retire from the position, effective July 31. An interim dean will begin Aug. 1.

Della Volpe joined the faculty in 1980 as a lecturer after earning her bachelor's degree in anthropology and linguistics from Cal State Fullerton. She earned a doctorate at UCLA, rose to the rank of professor and served as chair of linguistics before being named associate dean of the college in 1996. She was named acting dean in 2009 and dean the following year.

Della Volpe has taught linguistics courses and courses in the structure of the English language, and will return to teaching in the fall.

"I'll never stop doing what I do, being a faculty member, researching and teaching, so I'm not really retiring, just shifting focus," she said. "I like to remind students who are entering the workforce: do something you are most passionate about because it's the most important gift that life can bestow upon you."

The search for a successor will begin this fall, with the expectation that a new dean will take office in January.

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