Aldemaro Romero

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Aldemaro Romero

Work History

Work History
Jul 1999 - Present

Dean and Professor

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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·Responsible for 19 departments and 85 areas of study, which include more than 330 full-time faculty/instructors who deliver classes to more than 7,500 students.

·Overseeing an annual operating budget of more than $26 million plus external research grants and contracts totaling more than $8 million.

·Development in conjunction with faculty of a 5-year strategic plan emphasizing initiatives on (a) interdisciplinary curricula, (b) experiential, hands-on and service learning, (c) internationalization, (d) diversification of faculty, students, and staff, (e) faculty-student engagement, (f) intellectual enrichment and collaboration, (g) increasing the institutional profile, and (h) improving physical and financial assets. (

·Fundraising from individuals, foundations, and corporations have raised several million dollars for diverse projects from national and international sources since July 2009, while completing a $5.5-million capital campaign goal.  I also designed and am currently executing a plan for a $50-million campaign for the construction of a Visual and Performing Arts Center on campus (

·Furthered the importance of a liberal arts education through public outreach that emphasizes critical thinking, a broad view of the world, and the connections among different disciplines (  I have also testified before a congressional subcommittee on the importance of supporting a liberal arts education (

·Fostered the need for promoting the value of a liberal arts education through the Council of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) of which I am Chair of the Committee on Liberal Arts Institutions.


·Active participant, through the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD), in discussions aimed at promoting the value of degrees in the visual and performing arts.

·Developed a number of outreach initiatives including books, weekly newspaper columns (, radio (, TV shows, and documentaries, as well as social media venues (including apps) ( and campus wide arts festivals including flash mobs (  These initiatives are aimed at increasing the visibility of the CAS while recruiting more excellent faculty, staff, and students and for fundraising purposes (

·Founded and currently direct the Cuban and Caribbean Center existing to promote faculty and student exchanges between the U.S. and countries in the Caribbean region, particularly Cuba ( and  As part of this endeavor, I led the efforts in order to sign a cooperative agreement between the Southern Illinois University system and the Universidad de La Habana.  I have also led the efforts that resulted in taking SIUE students to perform in Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago as well to bringing Cuban artists and art to the U.S. in conjunction (in part) with the Museum of Fine Arts of Havana.

·Developed the Interdisciplinary Roundtables aimed at increasing the scholarly and pedagogical initiatives for faculty members across disciplines.  A significant accomplishment by one of these roundtable groups was the designation of an on-campus SIUE Nature Preserve.

·Created the Visiting Scholar Initiative so departments can utilize visiting faculty for teaching and academic purposes.

·Continued supporting the Faculty Development Initiative aimed at providing faculty members with course releases to enhance their productivity in scholarly and pedagogical enterprises.

·Supported the development/improvement of websites.

·Founded the journal Polymath, an electronic, open-access, peer-review journal that is interdisciplinary in nature (

·Expanded the number of international artists and scholars brought to campus through regular events such as Arts & Issues and the annual Colloquium under the umbrella title “Thinking about…” (

·Developed programs to attract and retain students, faculty, and staff of ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in academia.

·Increased overall enrollment and retention of students.

·Implemented professional advising within the College.  With the centralizing of student advising, faculty are no longer asked to register students for classes, do graduation checks, etc.  This has had a positive impact on recruitment and retention.  The faculty role has shifted to mentoring.

·Launched a program designed to recognize, honor, and develop some of the star student achievers of our College.  Through this program, called STELLAR (STudent ExceLLence & Achievement Recognition), students who are identified by their departments, as outstanding representatives of their discipline receive special recognition and support from the College to help them achieve their full potential in their academic program and beyond.  See:

·Ensured that every program that could be accredited was accredited.

·Supervised the construction and renovation of a science complex ($80,000,000), the expansion and renovation of the Art & Design Building ($14,000,000) (, (, the building of an astronomical observatory, and upgrading of the research and teaching greenhouse.

·Under my leadership The Interdisciplinary Research and Informatics Scholarship (IRIS) Center, was established.  This is an active interdisciplinary facility supporting individual and collaborative scholarship, a field that is receiving much attention both nationally and internationally, and supports the College’s—and SIUE’s—mission, vision, values, and long-term goals (

Supported the university library by donating a collection of about 50,000 documents (including printed, video and audio material) concerning scholarly areas such as speleology and marine mammalogy among others


Jan 1981 - Apr 1984


University of Miami