Lisa Carstens, Ph.D., has been selected as the next dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Carstens earned her doctoral degree in English from the University of California, Irvine. She joined Virginia Wesleyan in 1997 as an assistant professor, elevated to associate professor in 2003 and professor in 2008. She taught courses in theory and criticism, modernism, women's and gender studies, British literature and writing. In addition to teaching, she has authored several academic publications and made many conference presentations.