“With her cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural research and experience, Cristina Della Coletta is uniquely poised to lead a vibrant division at UC San Diego, especially as we embark on furthering our work as a public university – centered on students, focused on research and oriented to service,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “I am confident her energy, her ideas and her considerable skills as a scholar and an administrator will enable the division, and UC San Diego as a whole, to reach new heights.”
A doctoral alumna of UCLA, Della Coletta will, as dean at UC San Diego, hold the Chancellor’s Associates Chair in Italian Literature.
Della Coletta has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards and fellowships. And for the past decade, she has volunteered as a senior mentor to junior faculty in two University of Virginia programs, one focused on excellence in diversity and the other on teaching.
She is also an award-winning author of three books, with research interests that include contemporary Italian literature, particularly historical fiction, film and cultural studies, women’s studies, and the use of technology in the humanities.
As dean of arts and humanities, Della Coletta will lead a division with more than 1,700 undergraduates, 450 graduate students, and faculty spanning six large academic departments. In addition, she will provide oversight to the Center for the Humanities, the Mandeville Center, the University Art Gallery and the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UC San Diego, as well as lead divisional engagement with such affiliates as the La Jolla Playhouse and the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus.
“UC San Diego is a powerhouse – it’s such a vibrant university,” Della Coletta said. “What attracted me to the Division of Arts and Humanities, in particular, is what I see as a genuine desire to partner across departments and disciplines. That was of paramount importance to me. I also see innovative and creative interactions on the campus between the arts, humanities and sciences – connecting in ways that haven’t been explored before.”
Della Coletta was born in Venice, Italy. She began university in Venice and came to UCLA as an exchange student during her third year in college. It was then she decided not only to stay in the United States but also to pursue an academic career here.
“The residential experience – studying together, living together, growing up together – was enormously powerful,” Della Coletta said. “In the United States, the education model is student-centered and even research dynamos like UC San Diego are still absolutely devoted to the teaching and service missions.”
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