Through my time here at Washington University, as well as my involvement with institutions in Washington DC, I have come to appreciate the close link between research and teaching, and how, from a biologist's point of view, knowledge cannot exist in isolation.
I have had the privilege of talking with many students and faculty and I’ve learned to appreciate the breadth and depth of Arts & Sciences. I‘ve learned that the so-called “divisions” which define our academic organization – the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics – are in some sense historical legacies of the Academy. These groupings reflect areas of knowledge that have existed since the foundation of the university in the eleventh century. But today our academic enterprise transcends these ancient boundaries.
Arts & Sciences has a deep responsibility, both to this university and to society. As we refine our mission within the framework of Leading Together, our ambition is to provide a distinctive experience for our students and our faculty, to be strategic and selective in establishing our priorities, and to learn together, to discover together, to create together, to heal together, to innovate together, and to lead.
— Barbara Schaal, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences
and Mary-Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor of Biology