Dr. David Ryden Announced Interim Dean for College of Humanities & Social Sciences
The University of Houston-Downtown Office of the Provost has announced the appointment of Dr. David Ryden as the Interim Dean for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He will assume this position immediately and serve until the University completes a national search for a permanent Dean.
Dr. Ryden previously served as Professor of History and Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Ryden began teaching at UHD in 2001. Since joining UHD, Ryden has served as Interim Director of UHD’s Learners’ Community (2003 to 2004), Coordinator of the History Program from (2011 to 2013) and has taught a variety of courses on Colonial American history, slavery, abolition, British history and U.S. history.
“All of the nominees for the interim position were excellent, and each had considerable talent, experience, and vision,” said Dr. Eric Carl Link, UHD Senior Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs and Provost. “One of the things that became evident as we worked through the process of naming an Interim Dean is how dedicated and committed the faculty and staff are to moving the college forward. Interim Dean Ryden brings significant experience to the role, and he will serve the college well over the coming year. He’s been instrumental in helping to advance and grow the college during his many years of service as Associate Dean, and I look forward to working with him to continue those efforts in his new role.”
Ryden earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and History from Connecticut College, his master’s degree in Economics at the University of Delaware, and his Ph.D. in History at the University of Minnesota.
As Interim Dean, Ryden’s leadership and administrative experience will assist the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in supporting faculty, staff, and student success, as well as furthering the development of operational procedures, degree programs, research initiatives, and service efforts.
The University expects to name a search committee and launch a national search for the next Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in the near future.
"I am honored to lead the College of Humanities and Social Sciences as Interim Dean," Ryden said. "The next year will involve a collective examination of our college’s priorities while we continue to provide engaging educational opportunities for our students during these challenging times. We will also strive to expand our Houston-area partnerships and outreach. I am fortunate to work with talented faculty and staff who are committed to realizing these goals and the vision of UHD."
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.
U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.