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Stephanie Shonekan

Stephanie Shonekan

Stephanie Shonekan

Dean, College of Arts and Humanities

A prolific ethnomusicologist, Stephanie Shonekan began as dean of the College of Arts and Humanities on July 1, 2022. She joined UMD from the University of Missouri, where she served as senior associate dean of the College of Arts and Science, leading initiatives on faculty workloads, staff support structure and the value of the humanities, arts and social sciences. She was previously associate dean for graduate studies and inclusive culture; served as a department chair at Missouri and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and held several roles at Columbia College Chicago. She has received honors including the Commitment to Diversity Faculty award, and the Marian O'Fallon Oldham Distinguished Educator Award, the Excellence in Education Award and the Black Girls Rock Award. Shonekan holds a B.A. in English from the University of Jos, Nigeria, an M.A. in English from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and a Ph.D. in folklore and ethnomusicology from Indiana University.

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