Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Regents’ Professor, Department of English & Department of Transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1976
M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1972
B.A., Fort Lewis College, 1970
Cordelia Candelaria was named associate dean for strategic initiatives in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2007 to advance transdisciplinary diversity programs. She previously was vice provost of academic affairs at the Downtown Phoenix campus and also has served as chair of the Chicana/o studies department (now department of transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o studies). She is executive editor of the Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture and author of "Seeking the Perfect Game: Baseball in American Literature," which is in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, and "Chicano Poetry," both the first books on their respective topics.
Before coming to ASU in 1992 Candelaria held faculty appointments at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she was founding director of the Center for Study of Ethnicity and Race in America; Stanford University; Universidad Católica de Lima, Perú (as Senior Fulbright Scholar); and Richmond College in London. She also was a program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities and was selected 2001 Scholar of the Year by the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies.