Would you like to know your Arts & Humanities Dean's office a little better?
Arts & Humanities has a great team and in an effort to introduce you to each of our advisors, staff members, Dean's Associate, and the Dean, I asked them a series of fun questions. I will highlight one person a week so you can see a face with the name and hopefully make you feel connected to our team.
Let us know what you think!
Dr. Richard Collins, Dean of Arts & Humanities
What do you do in Arts & Humanities?
Deans need to do a couple of things well. They need to provide leadership and to manage finances and personnel. In other words, I get to do things that need to get done, but I also get to envision building new things, like academic programs, buildings, events, and celebrations. I get to work with the talented faculty in the Arts & Humanities. And I get to work with a great team in the Dean's Office, a staff who are dedicated and enthusiastic. They make me look forward to coming to work and satisfied when I go home.
Where did you go to college and what was your major or field of study?
I was 22 before I went to college, so when I started I was in a hurry. I went to four schools and graduated in two and a half years: Glendale Community College, Los Angeles Valley College, CSU Northridge, and the University of Oregon. I studied philosophy and art history before settling on an English major. For graduate school, I went to the University of California at Irvine and wrote my dissertation on the image of the hermaphrodite in 19th-century art and literature, and did dissertation research in London for a year as a Fulbright scholar.
What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?
Do you have any words of advice for our students?
I like Joseph Campbell's advice: "Follow your bliss." If you do what you love, you will be successful. You won't need to find a way because the way will find you.
Where is your favorite place to eat?
My front porch.
If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go?
I've lived in several countries (Great Britain, Romania, Bulgaria) and have traveled to a couple of dozen more in Europe, North Africa, and Asia. Two countries I still want to visit are Ireland and Portugal. But if I had to pick just one country to return to it would be Greece. I have always felt a special affinity for the Greek way of life, the food, the drink, the music, the literature, the Aegean Sea, and the light.
What famous person (living or dead) would you like to meet?
I have met a lot of famous people. They are usually disappointing, so I tend to try to avoid meeting famous people. I like meeting people who should be famous but aren't. I also like meeting people who will be (or should be) famous someday, like many of my students.
What do you like to do for fun?
I like it best when work is fun.