Dr. Charlene Gould is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. She oversees academic and co-curricular programming for undergraduate and graduate majors, including professional licensure and accreditation in psychology and a professionally accredited social work program. Responsibilities include departmental strategic planning, program review, curriculum development and assessment, and budget oversight. In cooperation with the Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs, she advances strategic initiatives that promote the academic life of the College within the university and in the community. One such initiative is a multi-million dollar performing arts center capital campaign project designed for the purpose of creating a stronger business-academic alliance. Dr. Gould, who spearheaded this project with the President, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Vice President of Advancement, helped coordinate a fundraising team of alumni, business professionals, and campus representatives. Construction began in May 2019 and the new center opened in the fall of 2020. Another initiative Dr. Gould continues to advance is the collaboration with faculty to globalize the curriculum, which includes short-term study away classes, study abroad, interdisciplinary and service-learning components.
Dr. Gould, a Professor of Theatre, is also Producing Artistic Director of Goppert Theatre at Avila. Dr. Gould earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in theatre and film. She was a recipient of a post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University where she participated in the historical and interdisciplinary representation of the Holocaust. Other scholarships and teaching interests include directing, theatre history, feminist theory, and interdisciplinary courses.