Meet the Dean

About the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Elizabeth Smith was appointed dean of Dartmouth's Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 2017. She serves as the chief academic officer of the arts and sciences, overseeing the division's educational policies, programs of instruction, and all matters relating to the effectiveness, development, and well-being of the faculty. In this capacity, she represents and speaks on behalf of more than 600 faculty members. Within her office, she is assisted by associate deans, assistant deans, and a number of senior officers.


Welcome from Dean Elizabeth Smith

At Dartmouth College, students learn how to learn.

Believing strongly that in today's world more than ever students must be prepared to evolve and change, our goal is to provide our graduates with the skills, flexibility, and hunger to live lives of constant inquiry. For this reason, we are committed to offering a liberal, interdisciplinary education, one that challenges students to engage in a range of disciplines.

This diverse curriculum hones students' ability to reason logically, critically, and quantitatively, to communicate persuasively and accurately, and act ethically. Our modern liberal education encourages exploration and intellectual risk taking, demanding action with reflection.

A Dartmouth education aims to ignite an undying passion for learning. In this way it aspires to tackle not only the challenges of the present, but also those of the future.