Anderson Becomes Associate Provost; Culotta Heads GLSP as Interim Director

Karen Anderson was promoted to associate provost on April 20. Anderson served as associate dean of Continuing Studies and director of the Graduate Liberal Studies Program since 2006, and has been at Wesleyan since 2002. She earned her MA and Ph.D from the University of Chicago, where she studied the history of religions, specializing in Hinduism and Sanskrit literature. Before coming to Wesleyan, she directed the annual conferences of the American Theological Library Association, and taught at DePaul University and the University of Chicago’s Graham School of General Studies. She has also taught four GLSP courses.

At the GLSP, Anderson has been responsible for developing the curriculum, recruiting faculty, managing student services, and incorporating new technologies. She has worked closely with faculty to enhance the curricular offerings and to revise the requirements for graduation.

“I am delighted that she will join the Academic Affairs staff in this important position, and I am very grateful to the many colleagues who participated in the interview process and provided invaluable feedback,” says Joe Bruno, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost.

Sheryl Culotta, who has been the GLSP’s associate director for academic services, became interim director of the Graduate Liberal Studies Program on April 20. Sheryl earned her BA degree from Colgate University and her JD from the University of California Hastings College of Law. She brings to Wesleyan three years of experience at Stanford University’s Master of Liberal Arts program, where she was assistant director. In her four years at Wesleyan, Culotta has been responsible for managing curricular logistics, student advising, the enrollment process, and all student policies and procedures. She is currently leading the process of improving the online enrollment system.