The mission of the College of Liberal Arts mirrors both the historical importance of the liberal arts in society and the principles on which Temple University was founded. The College is committed to the discovery and transmission of knowledge, academic excellence, innovative research, access and opportunity for academically talented students, and community service. The College strives to prepare students for citizenship and careers, to create the foundation for a lifetime of learning, and to teach students essential skills — reading critically, thinking carefully, communicating effectively, appreciating diversity, and tolerating ambiguity — across the liberal arts disciplines. A liberal arts education from Temple helps students realize their aspirations and prepares them to meet the ever-changing cultural, intellectual and economic demands of our society.
Teresa S. Soufas became Dean of Temple’ University’s College of Liberal Arts in 2007, and of the School of Environmental Design in 2009. She is also a Professor of Spanish and Portuguese.
About Temple University
Temple’s first President — Dr. Russell H. Conwell — Pastor of Grace Baptist (Temple) Church and founder of Temple College. The temporary Board of Trustees elected him President of the Faculty on October 14, 1887 and he served until his death on December 6, 1925. Read his famous “Acres of Diamonds” speech.
Temple’s more than 125-year history is rich in traditions. From the Owl mascot to the Temple “T” to the fight song, Temple pride lives on in its traditions.