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Dr. Heather Dillaway

Illinois State University Provost Aondover Tarhule announced the appointment of Dr. Heather Dillaway as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 16. Dillaway currently serves as an associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University. 

Dr. Diane Zosky will continue to serve as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences until July 16. 

“Dr. Dillaway brings a wealth of academic expertise and leadership experience to the role of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She is forward thinking, collaborative, and highly values shared governance,” said Provost Tarhule. “She will be a valuable addition to Illinois State’s academic leadership team. My heartfelt thanks go to the faculty and staff involved in the search process. I look forward to working with Dr. Dillaway when she arrives this summer.” 

In her current role as an associate dean at Wayne State, Dillaway oversees undergraduate student success initiatives in the college, has overseen curriculum development and innovation for 20 departments, and has managed college-level student services. While associate dean she also created and launched a variety of undergraduate programs, including a new undergraduate department of public health. She is a professor of sociology. 

“I am truly honored to serve as the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University,” said Dillaway. “I am excited to work with colleagues to bolster the current strengths of the College and position all arts and sciences disciplines for additional successes. I look forward to the good work we will do together.”  

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Dillaway earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and history from Cornell University, a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D. in sociology from Michigan State University.