Cawthon Named Associate Dean for COLA


Elisabeth Cawthon, Associate Professor of History and Interim Director of the Pre-Law Center, has accepted the position of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the College of Liberal Arts, effective June 1.

Cawthon is internationally known for her scholarship in legal history and medical history, having published two monographs and numerous chapters and articles in such prestigious venues as the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. She is the incoming chair of the Southern Historical Association’s European History Section.

Cawthon has won multiple teaching awards at The University of Texas at Arlington (and chaired 42 M.A. and Ph.D. committees) and was the recipient of a UT System Regents Outstanding Teaching Award in 2012. She has served for seven years as the Associate Chair of the Department of History.

Since 2012, Cawthon has been the Interim Director of the Pre-Law Center. In its second year, the Pre-Law Center serves more than 200 students and has received grants from the Texas Bar Foundation and the AT&T Foundation under her leadership. These achievements earned Cawthon the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Service Award in 2013. In addition, Cawthon’s service activity across the College and the University has included committees related to tenure and promotion, curriculum, Who’s Who for students and teaching awards.

“Dr. Cawthon’s exceptional record in all three areas of faculty activity and great success in community engagement and development will represent the students, faculty and programs of the College of Liberal Arts and The University of Texas at Arlington with distinction within our college, across our campus, and throughout the community,” said Beth Wright, Dean of Liberal Arts. “Please join me in congratulating Dr. Cawthon and welcoming her in this new role.”

Cawthon replaces Kim van Noort, an associate professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages, who accepted the position of Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Director of University College in May.

“I am honored to continue to work with talented faculty, staff, and students in our college, and to promote the College of Liberal Arts at the university and beyond,” Cawthon said.

Cawthon joined UT Arlington in 1988 after earning her doctorate from the University of Virginia.

The College of Liberal Arts offers more than 20 different majors and dozens of minor fields. In addition, the College offers 12 programs leading to M.A. degrees and three Ph.D. programs. The Ph.D. programs — in English, Transatlantic History, and Linguistics — have been recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and contribute greatly to the growing academic distinction of the College.


Media contact: James Dunning, 817-272-0601,

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on Clio's Intemperance and commented:
    My mentor and the chair of my committee made a big move recently!

  2. Lucinda Dawson says:

    Dr. Cawthon was my favorite professor during my studies at UT Arlington. I knew she was special as I sat in her classes. Congratulations to a wonderful educator.
    Lucinda Dawson

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