Retirement Celebration for Dean Babula, May 3

babulanew.jpgThe campus community is invited to a retirement celebration for Dr. William Babula, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, taking place Tuesday, May 3 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Green Music Center's Prelude.

Babula, whose retirement is effective June 30, announced his departure early in March. He has been with Sonoma State University for thirty years. His retirement plans include continuing his and his wife Karen's passion for travel and finding time to write his next detective novel.

Babula will also continue to teach Shakespeare and creative writing through the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP).

"It has been a great pleasure for me to work with Dean Babula," says Saied Rahimi, Interim Provost. "His contributions to the University are many and I know his fellow deans, faculty and staff join me in expressing appreciation for his work."

Dean Babula has been a strong academic leader in the School of Arts and Humanities. As an administrator he was instrumental in the current GE reform in the School of Arts and Humanities, based on a 4-unit class model. He was also actively involved in bringing the first endowed chair to SSU, in Native American Studies.

He is a Shakespeare scholar and has had two books published. He has also written more than two dozen articles and reviews on Shakespeare and drama in various journals. He is also a prize-winning playwright with four produced plays and is the author of short stories and a series of detective novels. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and The Mystery Writers of America.

Dr. Thaine Stearns, associate professor and chair of the English department, will serve as Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities.

For more information on the May 3 retirement celebration, contact Julie Misasi at (707) 664-2146 or email

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