December 11, 2018
The dean of Ursuline College's School of Arts and Sciences has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS). Elizabeth Kavran, DDS, was elected to a one-year terms by the group’s membership at CCAS’s annual business meeting in November.
“We are delighted to welcome Beth Kavran to the CCAS Board,” said Amber Elaine Cox, MSW, executive director of the council. “Our organization has greatly benefited from her leadership with the Seminar for New Deans and the CCAS standing committees. CCAS members whole-heartedly endorsed her candidacy and we look forward to working with her more closely in the year ahead as we continue to advance the mission of CCAS and begin our next round of strategic planning.”
CCAS is an American association of college and university deans that provides professional-development programming to its member deans and promotes the arts and sciences as a leading influence in higher education. Currently, the membership includes 788 deans of colleges of arts and sciences (and an additional 1,080 associate and assistant deans) at 525 institutions in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Greece, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, and Qatar.
Kavran has served in roles of increasing responsibility since her appointment to the Ursuline College faculty in 2001. She was appointed dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in 2010 and from 2015-2017 she served as interim vice president for academic affairs. Her research focus has been on pedagogical methods of teaching case studies to undergraduate nursing and biology students. She brings research and teaching together through case studies in the classroom, which tie physiological processes with nursing and healthcare-related practices. She earned a BA in Biology from Kenyon College and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Case Western Reserve University.