Welcome From the Executive Dean
It is my pleasure to welcome visitors to the College of Arts and Sciences website. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need about our academic areas, offices and services; and the chance to see the vibrant life of this college as it constantly unfolds.
We share the latest news-making work that our faculty, staff and students engage in to tackle big problems and issues; highlight timely, interesting stories and information covering a variety of areas; and upcoming, not-to-be missed events. We offer opportunities for feedback, interaction, and engagement, as we are always working to improve our site to better serve you.
The arts and sciences at Ohio State is the academic core and the heart of the university. The diversity, depth and breadth of our 80 major and 100 minor programs—from African American and African Studies to zoology and everything in between—provide unmatched options for our students.
I was thrilled to be offered the position of executive dean of a college positioned to become the best in the nation—at a university that is aspirational and inspirational. My commitment to keep arts and sciences at Ohio State on its upward trajectory is absolute; I hope that you will check back often to see how we are doing.
David C. Manderscheid, PhD
Executive Dean and Vice Provost
More about Executive Dean and Vice Provost David Manderscheid
David C. Manderscheid was previously the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2007 to 2013.
Manderscheid’s leadership included a focus on promoting interdisciplinary research, improving undergraduate education, and increasing diversity. He was Co-PI on an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award, whose goal is to increase the representation and advancement of women in STEM disciplines.
Manderscheid’s work in representation theory with applications to number theory has been widely published; he has been the principal investigator on numerous grants from the U. S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the National Security Agency. Additionally, he has won several teaching awards.
He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and formerly chaired the American Mathematical Society Science Policy Committee. Currently, he serves on the Mathematical Association of America Committee on the Undergraduate Program and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Diversity Committee.
Manderscheid began his academic career at the University of Iowa where he became professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics. He has taught or held visiting positions at the University of Utah, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, and the University of Paris.
He earned a BA in mathematics at Michigan State University and PhD in mathematics from Yale University.
His wife, Dr. Susan C. Lawrence, has an appointment as an associate professor in the Department of History.