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College of Arts and Sciences faculty are dedicated scholars and teachers, committed to building creative and effective learning experiences for students.

Our 140 full-time faculty members, 93 percent of whom hold the highest degrees in their field, bring extraordinary expertise to campus and create:

  • A dynamic intellectual community; Drake's cohesive campus brings together faculty, staff, and students in the open discussion of ideas and the quest for knowledge and understanding. Faculty in all Arts and Sciences disciplines engage students in the practice of thinking for themselves, deciphering the world around them, respecting all individuals, and developing a lifelong sense of curiosity.

  • Unique learning experiences; An Arts & Sciences student-faculty ratio of 8:1 allows students to participate in meaningful small-group discussions, experiential learning opportunities, internships, service-learning initiatives, and mentoring with professors who are leaders in their fields. The College's faculty are committed to multi- and inter-disciplinary teaching and learning, and dedicated to the success of our students, here at Drake and beyond.

  • Connections to the world; Arts & Sciences faculty members are active professionals in their fields, each semester publishing articles, presenting scholarly work at disciplinary conferences, writing plays, performing fieldwork, giving recitals, conducting lab research, building theatre sets, and exhibiting artwork to stay on the cusp of the most current developments in their disciplines. Arts and Sciences faculty also share their worldwide connections with students through travel courses to Ecuador, Egypt, England, India, Mexico, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and Washington, D.C.

Our Faculty in the News:

150 years ago: The Great Eclipse united Iowans in the pursuit of science
Des Moines Register
The 150th anniversary of the Great Eclipse of 1869 passed on Aug. 7, 2019. Associate Professor of Mathematics Deborah Kent wrote this piece for the Register and a lengthier article on the same subject for Physics Today that discussed the significance of the Great Eclipse in science.
Candidates tout endorsements, but do they matter?
Cedar Rapids Gazette and others
Drake University political scientist Dennis Goldford is skeptical of the value of endorsements in the caucuses because the people who participate tend of be high-information voters who have seen, heard, and read about the candidates.
What is White Nationalism?
Assistant Professor of Rhetoric Godfried Asante discussed the rhetoric used pertaining to White Nationalism in response to the recent events in El Paso and Dayton.
Dennis Goldford explains the link between billboard propaganda and social media in campaigns
Professor Dennis Goldford explains campaign tactics and how billboards and social media are linked in campaigns. 
Jennifer Harvey recalls a moment of racism from her childhood
Harvey talked about a memory she has from her childhood in a public school where a friend of hers said something that as first graders they didn’t know was racism. Harvey emphasizes the importance of the role of the teacher in correcting these mistakes in today’s youth instead of avoiding them.

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