Over the past 100 years, our 10,000+ students have benefited from the great number of outstanding faculty who shared their knowledge and creativity ranging from communication to politics, history, clinical psychology, health care, and higher education.
A slew of internationally known scholars have enhanced the College’s programs and reputation, including Burton Raffel (English), Subrata Dasgupta (History), Ernest Gaines (English), Jack Damico (Communicative Disorders), Barry Ancelet (Modern Languages), Bob Gramling (Sociology), and many more.
Recently retired COLA leaders who have contributed to student success include Dr. Richard Cusimano (Dean, CoLA, DATES) and Dr. David Barry (Dean, CoL, DATES); Dr. Phebe Hayes (dean, General Studies); and former Provost, Dr. Carolyn Bruder.
Other distinguished retired faculty include former department heads Mike Neustrom (Criminal Justice), Mike Maher (Communication), Cheryl Lynch (Psychology), Vaughan Baker (History, Geography, and Philosophy), Nancye Roussel (Communicative Disorders), Craig Forsyth (Criminal Justice) and Eddie Palmer (Sociology). Many retired faculty continue to live in Acadiana and contribute to the vibrant life of the University and community.
Distinguished alumni number in the thousands. Some of these alumni will be featured in the Centennial Celebration as one department takes the lead monthly in showcasing the activities and accomplishments that have led to COLA student success!