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.
Since coming to Temple, Dean Soufas has worked on professional priorities that she shares with the College of Liberal Arts and with the university as a whole. These include increasing tenure-track and tenured faculty lines, enriching support for graduate programs, building curricular opportunities for undergraduate students, and working with the Research Office and with Institutional Advancement to obtain support for academic work.
Before coming to Temple, Dean Soufas was a full professor at Tulane University’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, where she taught for 21 years. During that period, she also served for 10 years as Dean of Liberal Arts faculty.
Dean Soufas’s scholarly projects include numerous articles in well-known journals in the humanities and Hispanic academic arenas. She has authored two books, Melancholy and the Secular Mind in Spanish Golden Age Literature (Columbia: U of Missouri P, 1989) and Dramas of Distinction: A Study of Plays by Golden Age Women (Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1997). She also edited an anthology of theatrical pieces by early-modern Spanish women entitled Women’s Acts: Plays by Women Dramatists of Spain’s Golden Age (Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1997). In addition to these works and articles, Dean Soufas has also contributed conference presentations, keynote addresses and invited essays. She continues her scholarship today with a book-length project on Queen Isabel I of Spain and by translating into English the women-authored plays she edited.
After receiving her BA in Spanish at Emory in 1970, Dean Soufas went on to earn an MA from the University of South Carolina in 1974, and a PhD from Duke in 1980.