Aswani Volety has been selected as the next Dean of UNCW’s College of Arts and Sciences, the University announced today. Volety, who currently serves as Interim Dean of Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) College of Arts and Sciences, and as the Director of Vester Marine and Environmental Sciences Field Station, will step into his new role on July 1, 2014.
“We look forward to having Aswani join us as the Dean of UNCW’s largest college,” said Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “His distinguished career and research background align well with the needs of the College of Arts and Sciences. Aswani’s strong leadership skills are a vital asset and will greatly contribute to the continued growth and success of the college and the university as a whole.”
Volety was named Interim Dean at FGCU in January 2013 and serves as the chief academic, fiscal and administrative officer of that institution’s College of Arts and Sciences. He completed the re-organization of the College to provide strategic focus to departments and facilitated faculty research, while working with the Office of Research and Graduate studies to provide funding for arts, humanities and social science for special projects, and seed money for grant and professional development for faculty across the college.
“I am honored to join UNCW’s academic leadership team to advance the university’s vision for its students, staff and faculty,” said Volety. “I look forward to working closely with faculty, staff and students from across the College of Arts and Sciences to foster an innovative culture and engage in applied learning as we grow and strengthen the many programs that teach our students to be responsible global citizens.”
In his new role, Volety will provide leadership and vision for the College, working with faculty and staff to advance UNCW’s standing as an institution recognized regionally and nationally for the quality of its teaching, research and service programs. He will be responsible for overseeing curriculum and program development, accreditation and assessment, faculty and staff matters, budget administration, academic facilities planning and use, strategic planning for the College, and fundraising and resource development initiatives.
Prior to being named Interim Dean, Volety was a professor and the Chair of FGCU’s Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences. His research expertise includes shellfish diseases, physiology, immunopathology, toxicology, and management and restoration of shellfish habitat. He is an accomplished scholar and has been funded by various federal, state and private agencies such as the National Research Council, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection agency, Sea Grant, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
Volety is also a proposal reviewer for various state and federal agencies and of manuscripts for journals including Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Journal of Shellfish Research, Marine Environmental Research, and Estuaries.
Volety graduated from the College of William & Mary with a Doctorate in Marine Science. He received his Master’s degree in Zoology with a Specialization in Marine Biology and his Bachelor of Science degree from Andhra University in India. Volety also earned a Graduate Certificate in Management Development from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.
Volety was named after an extensive nationwide search and will inherit the role from Sociology and Criminology professor Stephen McNamee. McNamee, who will return to his faculty role, has been serving as the Interim Dean since June 1, 2013, following the departure of David Cordle, who was appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.