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The College of Arts and Sciences has appointed two new associate deans to enhance the college’s graduate studies and diversity initiatives.


Brent Mallinckrodt, professor of psychology, has been appointed associate dean for graduate studies, and Angela Batey, James Cox Professor of Music, has been appointed associate dean for diversity.

“Both of these positions relate directly to the strategic goals of the college, its units, and the university,” said Theresa Lee, dean of the college. “Improving the quality and diversity of graduate students is critical for recruiting top faculty and advancing our research productivity.”

Mallinckrodt will work closely with department heads to enhance the college’s success in recruiting diverse and highly qualified graduate students. He’ll also work with the college team to seek additional graduate student support for raising graduate student stipends to more competitive levels. His position is a half-time appointment and represents a partial restoration of a full-time position lost during past budget cuts.

Mallinckrodt has extensive experience with graduate studies, having served as director of graduate studies in Counseling Psychology from 2007 until 2011. Under his leadership the Counseling Psychology Program faculty and students received the American Psychological Association (APA) Innovation in Graduate Education Award. Prior to joining UT in 2007, Mallinckrodt served as director of graduate studies at the University of Oregon and the University of Missouri, where he garnered numerous awards for his work in graduate mentoring and advising.


Batey will put the college’s diversity plan into action, working in collaboration with Rickey Hall, vice chancellor for diversity, and with the college’s associate deans for academic personnel and graduate studies. They will develop recruitment policies and procedures for both faculty and graduate students designed to attract more diverse candidates. Her position is a newly created quarter-time position.

Batey recently served as interim director of the School of Music and is director of choral activities, associate director of graduate studies, and the James R. Cox Professor. She conducts the Chamber Singers, teaches conducting courses at the graduate levels, and is widely recognized as a prominent conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and teacher since joining UT in 1995.

Other associate deans serving on the college administrative team include Cynthia Peterson, professor of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology and associate dean for academic personnel; Robert Hinde, professor of chemistry and associate dean for academic programs; and Christine Boake, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and associate dean for research and facilities.