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Janet Dizinno, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology. She is also the former dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at St. Mary’s University, with nearly 20 years of dedicated service as dean.

Dizinno has been a leading advocate for the liberal arts, emphasizing St. Mary’s University’s foundations in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, teacher education, and military science. Her leadership of HSS, which has the University’s largest number of faculty, academic departments and students, has been described as exemplary.

Throughout her tenure as Dean, she worked tirelessly in the service of our students, faculty and mission. Although it’s not possible to recount all the ways Dean Dizinno creatively and proactively responded to the needs, opportunities and challenges HSS has encountered throughout her two decades of leadership, here are a a few accolades:

Dizinno is a collaborative leader, who invited and encouraged students and faculty to represent their programs and majors as part of the HSS Dean’s Cabinet.

She has led collaboration efforts to create and offer unique curricular and program opportunities for students, including the Nelson Wolff Law Early Admission Program and the Guaranteed School of Law Admission Program, the Forensic Science-Criminology track, the International and Global Studies revision, and a new minor in Visual Communication Design.

Dizinno’s commitment to academic excellence and the St. Mary’s Core is evidenced in her continued support for outstanding teaching, faculty and student research, and co-curricular activities. HSS faculty, who teach the majority of the St. Mary’s Core courses, were leaders in revising the Core Curriculum, which received national recognition by the Association for General and Liberal Studies.

Under Janet’s tenure as dean:
• St. Mary’s named the first holders of the Chair in Human Dignity and Chair in Catholic Philosophy.
• The University established the Edward and Linda Speed Peace and Justice Fellows Program and the Speed Faculty Development Endowment.
• Since 2000, she has had the honor of awarding annual service scholarships funded by the USAA Foundation to students engaged in exceptional service-learning activities
• As member of the St. Mary’s Publications Board for the past 15 years, she takes great pride in the numerous regional and national awards The Rattler student newspaper has received.
• She represented St. Mary’s well as the president of the Texas Association of Deans of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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