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Vision Statement & Guiding Principles

Vision for the School of Arts and Sciences
Knowledge makes a difference in the world. Thus, the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University fosters a culture where excellence and innovation are applied to scholarly and creative activities. This environment provides a transformative educational experience to a diverse community of undergraduate and graduate students who will make their mark as leaders, scholars, and citizens in an increasingly interdependent, complex world.


Guiding Principles for the School

  • The discrete disciplines of Arts and Sciences – the humanities; the arts; the social, physical, and natural sciences – are each valued and together comprise the strengths of our school.
  • Creating knowledge and pursuing intellectual and artistic inquiry at the highest levels are essential to support our research mission and our commitment to teaching.
  • Enhancing and expanding our international reputation for academic excellence are important to ensure that we attract the best students, faculty, and staff.
  • Educating a citizenry prepared to address societal challenges is a necessary and valuable endeavor.
  • Transformative experiences within Arts and Sciences positively change the lives of our students as they learn to balance what they have learned with what they want to do and who they want to be.
  • Collaboration and partnerships across disciplines, within and outside Tufts University, are needed to leverage the School's strengths.
  • Diversity and inclusion are inherent strengths and necessary for excellence, not problems to be resolved.
  • Community spirit allows students, faculty, and staff to feel a sense of belonging, accomplishment, and connection to one another.
  • Using intellect to make a difference, our students are prepared for life as humane, global citizens.

Maryanne Wolf

Maryanne Wolf
Professor, Child Development; Director; Tufts Center for Reading and Language Research John DiBiaggio Professor Citizenship and Public Service, Tisch College Adjunct Faculty

BACKGROUND: Born in Indiana; Ed.D., Harvard; Fulbright fellow in Germany; at Tufts since 1980.

CURRENT RESEARCH: Integration of research in cognitive neurosciences, linguistics, and child development to understand the evolution, development, and variations in the reading brain; the application of this knowledge to the design of tests and interventions for children with dyslexia.

HONORS: Awards from the International Dyslexia Association, Fulbright Fellowship, American and Massachusetts Psychological Associations; and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; DiBiaggio Chair of Citizenship and Public Service.

WHY TUFTS: "I tremendously value a place where I can be real friends with everyone from the maintenance person to the president; this is a place where people care about each other. It is also a place where the scholar-teacher is at the core of the academic mission. That is the core of who I am."

AFTER-HOURS: "Every night at 11:00 or 11:30 (and sometimes at 4:00 a.m.) I return to my roots as an English lit. major and quietly read poetry and fiction. I also swim, ski (badly), play the piano, and travel to places where I can grin in gratitude at the variety of creation."