Fallis to step down as dean at Mercer

Richard Fallis, who has served as dean of Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts for the past eight years, announced he will retire from the post at the end of the school year, a release from the university said.

Fallis, however, will return to teaching following a sabbatical.

“Mercer University is indebted to Rich Fallis for the wise, collaborative and effective leadership he has provided the College of Liberal Arts over the past eight years,” Mercer President William D. Underwood said in the release. “I am grateful that he will continue to serve Mercer and its students in the classroom, which is the highest calling for an academic.”

Fallis is credited with working to support faculty members to develop innovative new teaching methods and significant research, as well as supporting new initiatives in service learning, undergraduate research and study abroad.

Fallis is the author of a history of modern Irish literature and previously taught at Syracuse University and Belmont University.