Kathy Cassity


Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

503-838-8226 | cassityk@wou.edu
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Why I chose WOU

I believe in its mission of access and personalized support, and this was a great opportunity to live out my commitment to advocating for the liberal arts and sciences. I also love this location and I'm happy to return to the Pacific Northwest after 25 years away.

At WOU since



Playing piano, violin and lever harp; nature photography; travel; reading; writing; cooking; sewing, crafting and scrapbooking; travel

Fun fact

Many years ago I competed on Jeopardy, with some success (though not to the Ken Jennings level).


Seattle, Washington

Favorite book/movie

Books: Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro), Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie), Cold Comfort Farm (Stella Gibbon) Movie: Educating Rita, The King's Speech

Areas of responsibility

Oversee all programs in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. 


Ph.D., English: University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 2005

M.A., English: University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 1997

B.A., English (Summa Cum Laude): University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 1994

Professional experience

Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Western Oregon University: 2017-present

Interim Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Hawai'i Pacific University: 2016-17

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of English, Hawai'i Pacific University: 2005-2017

Chair, Department of English & Applied Linguistics, Hawai'i Pacific University: 2014-2016

Chair, Writing Program, Hawai'i Pacific University: 2005-2008

Coordinator of First-Year Writing, Hawai'i Pacific University: 2005-2016

Awards and honors

Phi Beta Kappa: 1994

Challenge Grants: National Endowment for the Humanities: 2008, 2012

Best of the Independent Journals in Composition/Rhetoric Award: 2014

Murphy Prize for Outstanding Nonfiction Essay: 2010

International Anglo-Indian Prize for Fiction: 2004


Professional memberships

Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences

Conference on College Composition & Communication

Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning

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