About the FAS

The mission of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences is to preserve, advance, and transmit knowledge through inspiring research, teaching, and art.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) comprises the some 50 departments and programs that provide instruction to the students of Yale College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, including the ladder, instructional, and research faculty members who hold primary or fully joint appointments in them. The FAS spans four broad intellectual areas, represented by the divisions of Humanities, Social Science, and Science, and the School of Engineering & Applied Science. All members of the FAS faculty hold appointments in at least one of these divisions or school. Through joint appointments and other affiliations, many members of the FAS also carry out their work in Yale’s professional schools or in the West Campus institutes.

The FAS Dean, assisted by the academic deans, divisional deans, and administrative staff, oversees the activities and decisions that shape the quality of the faculty and the stature of the FAS departments, including faculty searches, recruitment, hiring, mentoring, promotions, retentions, and compensation. Additionally, the office oversees departmental staffing, budgeting, strategic planning, and policies and practices throughout the FAS.

The FAS Dean’s Office seeks to facilitate the outstanding accomplishments of the FAS faculty in their teaching, research, and contributions to the university community.