Dr. Lisa Ford-Brown

Columbia College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Piyusha Singh recently announced the promotion of Dr. Lisa Ford Brown to the position of Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Ford-Brown had served as interim dean since July 2018 following 17 years as a faculty member at the college.

“Dr. Ford-Brown’s passion for helping our students and faculty members succeed and her commitment to Columbia College make her the ideal choice for this position,” Singh said. “Her wealth of institutional knowledge and the innovative perspective she brings to the table gives me great confidence in her vision and direction.”

In her role as Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, she will oversee the following degree programs: Criminal Justice and Human Services; History and Political Science; Education; English and Communication, Art and Music; and Sociology and Psychology.

“This is truly an honor and I am looking forward to the opportunities we have to build on the already successful programs we offer to our students,” said Ford-Brown. “I would like to thank President Scott Dalrymple, Dr. Singh and the search committee for the confidence they have shown in me as we continue to carry out the college’s student-centric mission.”

During her time as a faculty member, Ford-Brown taught classes focused on communication, theater and performance studies. From 2003-05, she chaired the Humanities Department and served as a faculty representative for the Board of Trustees from 2008-10. During that time, she assisted in the creation of the communication studies major and minor. She was named the Faculty Member of the Year in 2003 and has served on numerous committees and as a faculty advisory for several student groups on campus.

As part of her passion for communication, Ford-Brown has most recently served as a key contributor in all three editions of the DK Guide to Public Speaking, with the latest edition published in 2018. Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia College, she held teaching positions at Indiana State, the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, University of Dubuque and Southern Illinois University.

Ford-Brown has a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Arts in Communication from Indiana State University and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Indiana State University.