About Dean Manderscheid

David Manderscheid is an internationally recognized mathematician who has been Executive Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Vice Provost for Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University since 2013.

Dean Manderscheid is a leader in advocating for and articulating the enduring and practical value of a liberal arts education. He does this on campus, in the community, and at the national level through his leadership roles in the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, the largest group of arts and sciences deans in the country, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Group.

Dean Manderscheid has focused college efforts on five strategic areas over the last four years.

  • For students, the college has developed a number of interdisciplinary majors, including data analytics, neuroscience, and moving image production. The college has increased the number of team taught and e-learning courses and provided more support for student research, service-learning, and education abroad. The college is currently revamping its office of career services.
  • The college has worked on developing research and creative scholarship both in disciplines and across disciplines. Research expenditures have risen markedly, as have awards to faculty. Dean Manderscheid is the lead dean for the university’s Translational Data Analytics effort, in which over 50 faculty have been hired across eight colleges.
  • Throughout his career, Dean Manderscheid has placed an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. At Ohio State this has included increasing the diversity of department chairs in the college, changing hiring processes to minimize the effects of implicit bias, and a cluster hire initiative for eight faculty in the area of understanding race, ethnicity, gender, sex, and disparities.
  • During Dean Manderscheid’s tenure the college has improved facilities, including a gut renovation of historic Sullivant Hall for Dance; Arts Administration, Education and Policy; and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design; and the new Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) building, built jointly with the College of Engineering. Currently, the college is involved in renovating Pomerene and Oxley Halls, for Data Analytics, History of Art, and Linguistics, and in the design phase for renovated and new space for Music and Theatre in the emerging Arts District at 15th and High.
  • The college has achieved record-breaking fundraising the past two years and Dean Manderscheid actively engages alumni. He also serves on the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees and the boards of Metro Early College High School and Metro Institute of Technology.

This fall, the college completed a new strategic plan to build on the successes of the last four years and to set the course for the next five years. The plan’s development included input from hundreds of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the college.

Dean Manderscheid received his BS in mathematics from Michigan State University and his PhD in mathematics from Yale University. He has held appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley, and at the University of Paris.

His work in representation theory with applications to number theory has been widely published. He has won numerous teaching awards and received support from the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Education. Dean Manderscheid is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an inaugural Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

Prior to joining Ohio State, Dean Manderscheid was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2007 to 2013. He also served on the faculty of the University of Iowa for twenty years where he rose through the ranks to become Chair of the Department of Mathematics.

Dean Manderscheid lives in downtown Columbus with his wife and two cats. He loves to cook and is an avid cyclist. 

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