Terry Rhodes has been dean of the College of Arts & Sciences since March 2020, previously serving as interim dean for a year. On June 30, 2022 she will retire from UNC after 35 years on the faculty.
Rhodes has long championed the value of the arts and humanities to a well-rounded education throughout her more than three decades at Carolina. She was senior associate dean for fine arts and humanities from 2012 to 2019. She is the first faculty member from the fine arts to be named dean of the College since it took its modern-day name in 1935.
As dean, Rhodes oversees the largest academic unit at Carolina, with over 17,000 undergraduate students and 2,300 graduate students, and more than 70 academic departments, curricula, programs, centers and institutes. Under her leadership, the College is preparing to launch a new general education curriculum, IDEAs in Action, in fall 2022. This new curriculum represents the core requirements that every Carolina student will take regardless of major. It will emphasize experiential learning and essential capacities such as global understanding, quantitative reasoning and creative expression.
Rhodes, a native of Raleigh, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Carolina in 1978 (Bachelor of Music) and is a proud Carolina parent. She joined the faculty in 1987 and has since served the University in a variety of roles, including director of UNC Opera, chair of the department of music and faculty marshal.
She earned both her Master of Music and her Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York. As a Fulbright artist-in-residence at the Conservatory of Music in Macedonia, Rhodes taught voice and performed throughout the Balkans and Eastern Europe. She also has performed extensively throughout western Europe, especially in Italy, and in Central and South America. She continues to teach and give concerts.
Terry will serve as enrichment lecturer on the Provincial French Countryside Sept. 30 – Oct. 14, 2022, with a minimum of 15 UNC Travelers.