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AUB Announces Patrick McGreevy as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Summary: American University of Beirut American University of Beirut, at Beirut, Lebanon; English language; chartered by New York State in 1866 as Syrian Protestant College, rechartered 1920 as the American Univ. of Beirut.  President Peter F. Dorman announced today that Professor Patrick McGreevy will be assuming the position of dean of the AUB AUB Auburn (University)
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 Faculty of Arts Historically the Faculty of Arts was one of the four traditional divisions of the teaching bodies of universities, the others being theology, law and medicine.[1] Nowadays it is a common name for the faculties teaching humanities. References

 and Sciences, effective September 1, 2009.

AUB Announces Patrick McGreevy as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

American University of Beirut President Peter F. Dorman announced today that Professor Patrick McGreevy will be assuming the position of dean of the AUB Faculty of Arts and Sciences, effective September 1, 2009.

McGreevy, a professor in the Department of History and Archaeology, joined AUB in 2004 as the director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR). He is succeeding Khalil M. Bitar, who leaves the University after 12 years as dean.

"Patrick is a social scientist whose career has been deeply imbued in the liberal arts liberal arts, term originally used to designate the arts or studies suited to freemen. It was applied in the Middle Ages to seven branches of learning, the trivium of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, and the quadrivium of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music.  and he brings a unique appreciation of the humanities, social sciences and basic sciences to the deanship. On behalf of the AUB community, I am pleased to welcome him into this new position," said President Dorman. "Dr. McGreevy will be succeeding Khalil M. Bitar, who is stepping down after 12 years of distinguished service as Dean of FAS. Dr. Bitar has been especially instrumental in advocating for the University's strengths in general education and its regional position as the premier center for higher education higher education

Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art.
, including the re-establishment of the Ph.D. programs.

A geographer by training, Patrick McGreevy came to AUB from Clarion University in Clarion, Pennsylvania Clarion is a borough in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, about 100 miles (161 km) north-northeast of Pittsburgh and part of the Pittsburgh DMA. Clarion was settled in 1839 and incorporated in 1841. In the past, the surrounding area produced natural gas, oil, lumber and coal. , where he had been chair of the Department of Anthropology, Geography and Earth Science since 1991; while at Clarion, he also served as Fulbright Chair of American Studies in Hungary in 1999-2000. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of Minnesota (body, education) University of Minnesota - The home of Gopher.

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 in 1984. His research and writing focus on landscape and nationalism in nineteenth century United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  and Canada, and American encounters with the Middle East. He is the author of Imagining Niagara: Meaning and the Making of Niagara Falls Niagara Falls, waterfall, United States and Canada
Niagara Falls, in the Niagara River, W N.Y. and S Ont., Canada; one of the most famous spectacles in North America. The falls are on the international line between the cities of Niagara Falls, N.Y.
 (University of Massachusetts Press The University of Massachusetts Press is a university press that is part of the University of Massachusetts. External link
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, 1994) and Stairway to Empire: Lockport, the Erie Canal, and the Shaping of America (SUNY SUNY - State University of New York  Press, 2009). Recent articles focusing on American interactions with the Middle East include "Spaces of Terror: Places of Resistance," The Arab World Geographer (2007); "American Studies from the Antipodes Antipodes, islands, New Zealand
Antipodes (ăntĭp`ədēz), rocky uninhabited islands, 24 sq mi (62 sq km), South Pacific, c.550 mi (885 km) SE of New Zealand, to which they belong.
?" Review of International American Studies (2009).

Said McGreevy, "I am humbled by the responsibility I am about to assume and conscious of those who have brought AUB through its remarkable recovery, especially over the last decade. I believe that it is AUB's commitment to the liberal arts and sciences that most clearly sets it apart from the many new universities in our region and provides it with the opportunity to be just as influential in the future with regard to higher education as it has been in the past."

At AUB he has worked with faculty members and students across the University, working on Middle States Accreditation, serving on the Steering Committee and Advisory Board of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy & International Affairs, chairing the Founder's Day Student Essay Committee and volunteering as a Model United Nations judge for several years running.

As director of CASAR, McGreevy oversaw a successful program dedicated to improving international understanding by increasing knowledge of the United States in the Middle East. He has personally pursued this same mission outside AUB, appearing on Al Jazeera International to discuss US politics and relations in the Middle East and frequently writing on topics of world politics in the English language press in

the Middle East. He regularly presents at the annual meetings of the Association of American Geographers The Association of American Geographers (AAG) is an educational and scientific society aimed at advancing the understanding of, study of, and importance of geography and related fields. , the American Studies Association and the International American Studies Association, and serves on the editorial board of GeoJournal and The Arab World Geographer.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences was established in 1866, the same year in which the Syrian Protestant College, now AUB, was established. The faculty celebrated its first graduating class of five students in 1870. In 2009, the faculty's 2,535 undergraduates make it the largest faculty at the University. 15 core departments offer programs in 32 academic fields leading to bachelor's, master's and select PhD degrees. The faculty houses the Institute of Financial Economics and several interdisciplinary research centers and institutes including the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) and the Center for Advanced Mathematical Sciences (CAMS). The Faculty of Arts and Sciences follows a liberal arts program that stresses free choice as the best vehicle for students to realize their educational goals. High quality research, teaching and student advising are vital to the success of the faculty's humanities, social sciences, and basic sciences programs.

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