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FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters Announces New Directors for Interdisciplinary Programs

BOCA RATON, Fla. (August 15, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters has announced new directors for three of its interdisciplinary certificate programs.

Renat Shaykhutdinov, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, who has served for several years on the Peace Studies Executive Committee, will now serve as director of peace studies. Shaykhutdinov brings an active research agenda on topics of violence, nonviolence and ethnic/religious diversity to this work, which promises to take the program in exciting new directions.

Barbara Ganson, Ph.D., associate professor of history, will serve as director of the Caribbean and Latin American Studies (CLAS) Certificate Program. Ganson has served many years on the faculty advisory committee of the CLAS program and has a distinguished research and teaching record in South American history.

Finally, Lynn Appleton, Ph.D., chair of the department of sociology, will serve as acting director for the Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Appleton brings her experience as a founding faculty member of the Center.

FAU’s certificate programs offer the equivalent of a minor course of study in several  interdisciplinary areas. For a full list of interdisciplinary areas of study in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, visit


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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