CIE Advisory Board Profile
Santa Clara University College of Arts and Sciences
W. Atom Yee is the chief academic officer of the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest academic unit on campus comprising approximately 60% of undergraduate students and a comparable percentage of the Santa Clara University faculty. The College provides undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, including a large fraction of the University Core Curriculum required of all undergraduate students.
At the College of Arts and Sciences annual convocation in September, 2007, Dr. Yee identified the following projects as his priorities for the College during the 2007-2008 academic year:
(1) assist the University in ongoing accreditation processes
(2) assist the University with the implementation of the new undergraduate core curriculum
(3) advance the strategic initiatives and projects of the College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Yee is a Professor of Chemistry and former chair of the Department. Previous to being appointed Dean in Spring 2004, Dr. Yee served as Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (2002-2004). Before coming to Santa Clara in 1983, he served two years as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and four years as Assistant Professor at the State University of New York, College at Purchase.
Dr. Yee received his B.S. at Yale University and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz, both in Chemistry. His research focuses on chemical reactions initiated by absorption of ultraviolet light. Dr. Yee has contributed numerous articles to scientific journals and is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Chemical Society and the Western Spectroscopy Association. He served on the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities during 1998-2004, and on a number of WASC visit teams since 1990 as an evaluator for curriculum, faculty, diversity issues, and student services.