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University of Indianapolis announces Patrick Van Fleet as new dean of Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences

Patrick Van Fleet

The University of Indianapolis announced today that Patrick Van Fleet, Ph.D., has been appointed as the next dean of the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences effective July 26, 2021. His announcement follows an extensive national search.

Dr. Van Fleet most recently served as professor and chair for the Department of Mathematics at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also served as director of the endowed Center for Applied Mathematics (CAM) at St. Thomas. During that time, Dr. Van Fleet was funded by the National Science Foundation on four projects totaling $1.3 million, wrote three books on wavelet theory, published several papers on wavelet theory and spline functions, and led numerous undergraduate research projects. He was a 2016 recipient of the John Ireland Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Teacher-Scholar at the University of St. Thomas.

Patrick Van Fleet, dean of the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences
Patrick Van Fleet, dean of the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences

“Dr. Van Fleet comes to UIndy at a crucial time for our University, as we emerge from the pandemic and find new ways to thrive and fulfill our mission to both our students and the community,” said Dr. Mary Beth Bagg, interim provost and vice president. “I am confident that Dr. Van Fleet will continue the tradition of innovation in the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences by not only supporting opportunities for students to develop essential skills in their areas of study, but also by fostering successful transitions to their careers or further study at the graduate level.”

“I am excited and grateful to join the University of Indianapolis and the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences. The College’s emphasis on helping faculty combine research and classroom work through the Shaheen grants aligns closely with my teaching and learning philosophy,” said Dr. Van Fleet. “I am eager for the opportunity to lead the College and the University in reaching new goals in interdisciplinary collaboration, community engagement, and regional workforce needs.” 

Dr. Van Fleet earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics (education emphasis) from Western Illinois University and his Master of Science and PhD in mathematics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He worked at Sam Houston State University from 1992-1998, where he performed research in the emerging field of wavelet theory (funded in part by the National Science Foundation) and led a large project funded by a branch of the Department of Defense. In 1998, he became director of the endowed Center for Applied Mathematics at the University of St. Thomas and from 2011 served as chair of the Department of Mathematics. 

“The Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences is thrilled to welcome Dr. Van Fleet to our community,” said Dr. Mary Moore, interim dean of the Shaheen College. “His passion for undergraduate research and connecting students with industry mentors will enhance our robust programs and expand opportunities for students and faculty alike.”

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