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Dr. Wendy Burns-Ardolino Joins UHD as Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Wendy Burns-Ardolino

Dr. Wendy Burns-Ardolino will be joining the University of Houston-Downtown as the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She will officially assume this role on July 1, 2021.

Burns-Ardolino will be joining the University’s administrative ranks to provide visionary leadership to guide and strengthen the College of Humanities and Social Sciences as its dean. Through the growth and refinement of the 17 degree programs currently offered in the college, to the development of internal and external partnerships, and continuing commitment to community engagement, Dr. Burns-Ardolino will support the mission and vision of the college as the intellectual and creative center of the university.

“Dr. Burns-Ardolino brings a wealth of valuable experience to UHD, and we are excited to have her join the administrative team at UHD in this critically important role as Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences,” said Dr. Eric Carl Link, the UHD Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. “Her work with program development, and the depth of her experience in interdisciplinary work, as well as her commitment to student success and diversity, position her well for leading CHSS now and into the future.”

Burns-Ardolino is coming to UHD from Grand Valley State University where she currently serves as the Director of the Professional Master of Arts in Social Innovation – she is the founding director of this program which is the first integrative, interdisciplinary, impact-driven, cross-sector PMA in Social Innovation Program in the state of Michigan. Prior to serving as director, Burns-Ardolino was the Chair of the Liberal Studies Department.

In addition, Burns-Ardolino has extensive experience in diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence including her service as the HERS summer Associate Director in Residence at the University of Denver where she supported instruction and programming and provided mentoring and professional guidance. Dr. Burns-Ardolino holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University.

“I am thrilled and humbled to be joining the dynamic faculty, staff, students and leadership team in CHSS and to work collaboratively with community partners, deans, provost, and President Blanchard to achieve the aspirational goals of UHD as Premier City University, a Minority and Hispanic Serving Institution, and a hub for community engaged learning geared toward skills-based talent and workforce development for the 21st Century,” Burns-Ardolino said.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

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.