Kevin Vichcales, Ph.D.
Council Term: 2018-2021
Dean, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Kevin B. Vichcales, Ph.D. is Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at University of the Incarnate Word (2015-Present). He earned his BA in History from Albion College, and MA and PhD in Modern European History from Western Michigan University.
As Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Kevin represents the College to internal and external constituencies and provides the academic and administrative leadership for the College, which consists of undergraduate degree programs in Art/Art History, Cultural Studies, Criminal Justice, English, History, Government and International Affairs, Liberal Arts, Modern Languages, Music, Music Education, Music Industry, Music Therapy, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Theatre Arts. There are graduate programs in Religious Studies and Multidisciplinary Studies. The dean collaborates with 58 full-time faculty and is supported by three full-time staff members. The College is responsible for over two-thirds of the university CORE Curriculum that lays a strong liberal arts foundation for all undergraduates. He also provides administrative oversight and leadership to the UIW Honors Program.
Dr. Vichcales served as Dean of Research and Graduate Studies (2006-2015) where he provided leadership and management oversight of all institutional research operations and programs that serve faculty and students. He served as the University’s research compliance officer and provided leadership and direction to the University’s research compliance bodies such as the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board, Biosafety Committee, and Responsible Conduct of Research Committee. As Dean of Graduate Studies he was responsible for all academic, administrative, programmatic, and fiscal activities related to the delivery of graduate programs and services including development and implementation of long-range and short-range strategies consistent with the University’s strategic direction.
Prior to his work at UIW Dr. Vichcales served at Western Michigan University’s Graduate College as the Associate Director of the College and Director of Awards, Training and Special Projects. WMU is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a top 100 research university within the nation.
Dr. Vichcales is an active scholar with multiple publications to his credit and serves on a number of external boards.