CAS Welcomes Maura K. Heyn as New Associate Dean

Posted on July 25, 2023

Maura Heyn

Following an extensive search, the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) at UNC Greensboro is pleased to announce that Dr. Maura K. Heyn has been appointed to the position of associate dean in the CAS Dean’s Office.

Previously, Heyn (pronounced Hane) served as department head for UNCG’s Department of Classical Studies, a position she held since 2017. Heyn joins the rest of the CAS leadership team led by Dean John Z. Kiss, filling the vacancy left by Dr. Dayna Touron. Her first day was July 3, 2023.

“Maura brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the CAS Dean’s Office,” said Kiss. “I have witnessed firsthand her leadership and organization skills, both in her role as a department head and as a leader on many College committees. She is a strong teacher-scholar who values the lifelong benefits of a broad liberal arts education. I am delighted that she will be joining our senior leadership team.”

Heyn’s duties as associate dean include overseeing the Curriculum and Teaching and Diversity Committees, coordinating the Freshman Seminars Program and the Ashby Dialogues, and serving as the Dean’s Office representative for the Harriet Elliott Lecture Series. She will also serve as point-person for the College’s marketing, communications, and technology support services while developing initiatives around student success. She joins fellow CAS Associate Dean Chuck Bolton, Associate Dean of Research Amy Adamson, and Assistant Dean of Finance Anthony Cipolone. 

Starting at UNCG in 2004 as an assistant professor of classical studies, Heyn was gradually promoted to tenured professor in 2019. Her research focuses on funerary sculpture in the Roman empire, particularly the sculpture from the Syrian city of Palmyra. With a PhD in archaeology from UCLA, Heyn has also served as director of UNCG’s archaeology program.

In addition to her prolific research, Heyn has been a dedicated teacher of Latin, Roman Archaeology, Classical Civilization, and more. In 2011, she received the UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award for her commitment to education and student success. 

“I am excited to be joining the Dean’s Office because, after almost 20 years at UNCG, I feel like I have a solid understanding of the University and can use that experience to make good decisions and to help others,” said Heyn. “I’m also excited to work with such a great group of people in the CAS Dean’s office; it really is a collaborative and dedicated group, and I’m grateful for this opportunity.”

Story by Elizabeth Keri, College of Arts & Sciences

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