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Carol Ann Lewald Named Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs

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NC State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences has named Carol Ann Lewald assistant dean for undergraduate programs, effective August 8. 

Since joining the college in 2011, Lewald has held several teaching and advising positions and currently serves as associate teaching professor and director of undergraduate advising for Interdisciplinary Studies. 

“Carol Ann’s extensive experience as an advisor and educator brings valuable perspective and skills to our college leadership team,” says Deanna Dannels, dean of the college. “She is passionate about supporting the academic and personal needs of our students, and I look forward to working together as the college champions interdisciplinarity and equips learners with vital knowledge and transferable skills.” 

Carol Ann Lewald.

As an advisor at NC State, Lewald has helped hundreds of Interdisciplinary Studies students earn their degrees by assisting with course selection, registration, academic and personal concerns, and experiential education opportunities such as study abroad. In her current role as director of undergraduate advising, Lewald oversees orientation sessions for all incoming first-year and transfer students — and trains, supports and communicates with program directors and advisors for the six majors in Interdisciplinary Studies. 

Lewald has also designed, developed and taught a variety of courses in international studies and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. This includes being an active participant in program development, curricular decisions, assessment and planning. Lewald has also conducted ethnographic research in Louisiana among a dwindling Jewish community; in Savelugu, Ghana, on Dagomba traditional building practices; in inner-city St. Louis on women’s health issues; in the Dutch Green Heart region among displaced farmers; and in rural Chatham County, on contentious public planning debates. 

Prior to NC State, Lewald held a variety of instructor, research assistant and tutor positions at several institutions across North Carolina. Lewald earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from UNC-Chapel Hill, an M.A. in cultural anthropology from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Florida.