Larry D. Singell
Executive Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University
Larry D. Singell was named Executive Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University in 2011. As executive dean of the College, Singell administers one of the largest comprehensive liberal arts colleges in the country, including 70 degree-granting departments and programs that span the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The College is the oldest and largest division of Indiana University, with 875 faculty and 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students.
Under his leadership, the College recently became the administrative home of two new schools: IU's School of Global and International Studies (est. 2012) and The Media School (est. 2013).
Prior to his arrival at Indiana University, Singell was a 23-year member of the faculty of the University of Oregon. He served as associate dean in the UO College of Arts and Sciences from 2008-11 and as head of the Economics Department from 2006-08.
An economist whose research focuses on the economics of higher education, Singell has worked extensively in the field of applied labor economics. He has studied a wide range of topics- from the effects of financial aid programs on access, retention, and graduation, to the ways in which education, discrimination, and career choices affect faculty placement in academic leadership positions. Most recently his work studies the selection process of leaders, and focuses on the ways in which characteristics that determine how a leader is selected materially affect the productivity of their organization. He has also studied the role of Sunshine Laws in the selection of university and college presidents.
Singell serves on the editorial board and is a former editor of the Economics of Education Review, the leading journal in the economics of education.
A baseball and basketball aficionado, Singell's interest in both games has intertwined with his research on leadership throughout his career.
Singell holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of California-Santa Barbara.