Cynthia Lietz named associate dean of public programs

June 11, 2014

Cynthia Lietz has been appointed associate dean for academic affairs for the College of Public Programs. Lietz is an associate professor in the School of Social Work and has been coordinator of the school’s Tucson campus the past two years.

“In both her teaching and research, Dr. Lietz demonstrates a commitment to the goals of our college, including student engagement in use-inspired research and practice,” says Jonathan Koppell, dean of the College of Public Programs. Cynthia Lietz, associate dean with the College of Public Programs Download Full Image

The College of Public Programs is made up of the School of Community Resources and Development, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Public Affairs and the School of Social Work. The college, located on the Downtown Phoenix campus, is also home to 16 research centers, including the Morrison Research Institute for Public Policy, Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Lietz has been with the School of Social Work since 2004. The past two years, she helped guide the expansion of the school’s Tucson program and helped with the launch of Tucson-based classes and degrees by the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the School of Community Resources and Development. Lietz’s research focuses on family resilience, analyzing the strengths and processes used to effectively cope with stress and trauma. She also examines the use of strength-based practices to improve the quality and delivery of social services. Lietz was awarded the Associated Students of ASU Centennial Professor Award for 2012-2013.

“I can’t thank the faculty and staff in Tucson enough for their tremendous support over the past two years,” says Lietz. “The College of Public Programs has a bright future with many important and innovative initiatives. I look forward to the opportunity to support these efforts and feel honored to join a team of faculty and staff who work tirelessly to ensure the mission of the college is realized.”

In announcing the appointment of Lietz, Dean Koppell thanked Nancy Rodriguez and Kathy Andereck for serving the college as part-time associate deans during a critical time of growth. Rodriguez is an associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Anderek is a professor and director of the School of Community Resources and Development.

“Dr. Rodriguez made a terrific contribution focusing on student recruiting and engagement,” Koppell says. “Dr. Anderek shepherded through an enormous number of new academic programs in the past year, including new cross-college offerings, and will help finish this formidable task during the leadership transition.”

In her full-time role as associate dean for academic affairs, Lietz will be part of a leadership team that compliments and supports the directors of the college's four schools and 16 research centers. The college's leadership team includes Kevin Desouza, associate dean for research, and Dana Newell, assistant dean of student and academic affairs.

Paul Atkinson

assistant director, College of Public Service and Community Solutions


ASU, San Carlos Apache Tribe enter historic agreement to establish new tribal college

June 12, 2014

Arizona State University has entered into a historic agreement with the San Carlos Apache Tribe in southeastern Arizona that will bring a college to the tribal nation, as well as programs that benefit youth and emphasize healthy lifestyles.

“ASU has one of the largest populations of Native American students of any college or university in the country, and we are enriched by the presence of our Native students, faculty and staff,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “The Apache tribal college will prepare students for the rigors of university studies and encourage more of them to pursue a four-year degree at ASU and other institutions. We look forward to working with the San Carlos Apache Tribe to help more Native students realize their dream of obtaining a college education.” two men signing papers on table with people watching on Download Full Image

“A tribal college operated by and for Apaches will help secure the future of the tribe, not just as a means for sustainable economic development, but as a critical institution to preserve our language, our culture and our history. Our partnership with ASU will greatly assist the tribe with making a tribal college a reality,” said Terry Rambler, chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

ASU administrators will work to advise the tribe in establishing the college’s operating guidelines, articles of incorporation and accreditation standards, as well as support for credit transfer partnerships, said John Tippeconnic, ASU American Indian Studies director. Maria Hesse, ASU vice provost for academic partnerships, will work on ensuring seamless transfers for students.

“We anticipate that students who begin at the Apache tribal college will be able to easily transfer into majors at ASU, and we will build curricular pathways that ensure they have the right preparation for university success,” Hesse said.

A tribal college will also help youth continue their studies after completing high school.

“Aiding in the design of a tribal college will enable San Carlos tribal youth and adults to bridge the gap between high school and the four-year university. This effort will provide a pipeline for students to earn college credit during their first two years and then transfer to ASU,” Tippeconnic said.

Tippeconnic has first-hand knowledge of the process since he was instrumental in building Comanche Nation College in Oklahoma. Diane Humetewa, former special adviser to the president for American Indian Affairs, was instrumental in bringing the agreement to fruition.

ASU will consult with the tribe in facility design and curriculum. Students from the ASU Del E. Webb School of Construction will benefit from the planning, design and construction processes as the new tribal college is shared as a best practice that will be showcased at ASU-sponsored events.

Through the agreement, a Native American Achievement Program that is administered through ASU American Indian Student Support Services will provide academic counseling and personal support.

“This will help incoming first-year freshmen and transfer student recipients of San Carlos Apache tribal grants and scholarships to succeed academically and socially at ASU,” said Michael Begaye, American Indian Student Support Services director.

The memorandum of understanding also supports the tribe’s Sports Camp and Healthy Lifestyles Initiatives by advising the tribe on nutrition and fitness best practices, as well as identifying university fitness, sports and nutrition awareness activities that may benefit the tribe.

San Carlos Apache Youth leadership initiatives will involve ASU support in endeavors such as advisement on best practices to engage youth in academic and community leadership, hosting youth from the tribe for leadership through public speaking and writing skills support when available, as well as jointly researching grants and funding for youth participation in summer bridge programs that support incoming ASU students.