New Associate Dean for Graduate & Professional Programs


Christopher Sindt, Associate Dean for Graduate & Professional Programs.

Christopher Sindt, director of the College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program for seven years, became the new associate dean of liberal arts for graduate and professional programs in the fall.

“Chris is well-known to the College community for his rare combination of excellence in teaching, extensive accomplishments as a poet and highly skilled administrative performance,” Dean of Liberal Arts Steve Woolpert says.

The search committee was particularly impressed with Sindt’s ability to forge positive relationships with faculty and administrators and his intellectual and administrative leadership of the creative writing program.

Sindt says he is surveying current policies of the five programs and identifying potential needs for graduate students, including health care and use of health facilities on campus. Sindt will also work to improve admissions procedures and develop new fundraising initiatives.

About 250 students are enrolled in the creative writing, leadership, Liberal Education for Arts Professionals (LEAP), liberal studies and kinesiology graduate programs, Sindt says.

“Graduate programs benefit the whole College,” Sindt says. “They tend to encourage scholarly activity. And graduate students are a valuable resource for undergraduate students as mentors and as role models.”

Sindt has a doctorate in English and master’s degree in creative writing from UC Davis. His poetry chapbook, The Land of Give and Take, was published in 2002, and his poetry has recently appeared in nocturnes, Pool, Swerve and Xantippe.

Graham Foust, an assistant professor of English at SMC since 2005, replaced Sindt as the MFA director in September. He is on the MFA steering committee and has written three books of poetry, including Necessary Stranger, which was published in the spring.