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Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor and Professor of Mathematics
120 Claudia Cohen Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6304
As dean of the College, Dr. DeTurck has responsibility for undergraduate curricula, programs and students in all departments and nondepartmental programs in the School of Arts and Sciences. He directs the College office, together with its staff of advisers, and works with the dean of SAS on planning and priorities for undergraduate education in the arts and sciences at Penn.
A professor of mathematics who has authored more then 50 papers on partial differential equations and differential geometry, he also is managing editor of the American Mathematical Society’s “Contemporary Mathematics” book series. He has long been a distinguished and dynamic presence in undergraduate education at Penn. This renown stems in part from his own superb teaching, which has been recognized by a host of honors including the SAS Ira Abrams Award, the University’s Lindback Award and the Mathematical Association of America’s Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Beyond the confines of his classroom, Dr. DeTurck has been a forceful advocate for curricular innovation in a wide range of contexts. He has led major reforms in introductory calculus, initiated a residence-based mathematics advising program for undergraduates and has played an active role in several campus efforts to promote the use of technology to enhance instruction. He also established the NSF-funded Access Science program in which faculty, graduate students and undergraduates work with teachers and students to improve mathematics and science teaching in West Philadelphia schools. As Chair of the SAS Committee on Undergraduate Education, Dr. DeTurck has helped guide the College’s Curricular Reform Initiative and has led large-scale discussions with student and faculty groups about the future structure of the general education curriculum and degree requirements.