Deeg, a member of the Temple University faculty for 25 years, replaces Professor William Stull, who was appointed Interim Dean in the spring of 2015.
“Professor Deeg has the perfect combination for a Liberal Arts dean: He is an excellent teacher, an active researcher and has been both a department chair and senior associate dean for faculty and research,” said Englert in a statement released by the university. Provost Joan Epps offered similar sentiments, saying she has “every confidence in Richard Deeg, who will bring great energy and ideas to the dean’s office. He is a thoughtful and vocal advocate for the value of the liberal arts in today’s world.”
Deeg graduated from Malecaster College and earned his doctorate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has had the honor of being both a Fulbright and a Jack K Javits Fellow. Deeg joined the faculty in 1991, and became a full time professor in 2009. During his tenure, Deeg has served as the Chair of the Political Science department as well as implementing 4+1 Bachelor’s/Master’s joint degree program in political science with Meiji University in Japan, with whom Temple is global partners.
“I am honored to serve as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts. I very much appreciate the confidence Provost Epps and President Englert have placed in me and the investment Temple University is making in the future of the College of Liberal Arts,” said in a statement Deeg.
Other accolades of Temple’s newest dean include serving from 2011 to 2014 as treasurer and executive officer of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, as well as authoring and editing a number of books. Deeg is credited with co-editeing The Oxford Handbook of Employment Relations, published in 2014. Currently, Deeg is researching the politics of forming a banking union in the European Union.
“As a first generation college student born to immigrant parents without high school diplomas, I hold a deep commitment to the Conwellian tradition of providing access to the transformative potential of a high-quality university education,” said Deeg.
Deeg’s appointment is set to take effect immediately.