Misra named Arts & Sciences dean

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Kalpana Misra has been named dean of the Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences. She will assume her new duties on June 1.

Misra, an associate professor of political science, has been a faculty member at TU since 1988 and has served as associate A&S dean since 2003.

Kalpana MisraIn announcing the appointment, Roger Blais, TU's provost and vice president for academic affairs, thanked the members of the search committee and noted that Misra received their unanimous support. "Kalpana has been a valued friend and colleague for 25 years. Her integrity and diplomacy is recognized throughout her college and across the TU campus," Blais said. "Additionally, her experience internationally will resonate with the university's ongoing efforts to offer a truly global education to our students."

Misra earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Delhi (India) and her doctorate at the University of Michigan. She speaks English, Hindi, Punjabi, Chinese and Urdu.

She received the Thomas H. Buckley Award for Teaching Excellence in 2012. In 2004, she received the TU Outstanding Teacher Award; only three are awarded per year, and the honor is bestowed only once in a lifetime. And, she was named the 1998 Political Scientist Scholar of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association.

"My experience at TU has been a very rewarding one. I have seen the university grow in many ways with innovative programs; a diverse, dynamic and talented student body; a dedicated and accomplished faculty; and stunning changes in the physical landscape," Misra said. "I am committed to sustaining and enhancing an institutional environment that nurtures the highest scholarly and research aspirations of our faculty and students."

She is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Association for Asian Studies and the International Studies Association. Misra is married to Murali Iyengar, and the couple's children are grown.

Current Dean D. Thomas Benediktson is retiring on May 31.

Mona Chamberlin