The position of Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) was filled May 1, 2009 by Dr. David Yells.

After completing a national search and campus interviews with five qualified candidates, Dr. Yells was selected for this prestigious position based largely on his relevant experience in administrative leadership. Previously designated interim dean in July 2008, Dr. Yells will no doubt succeed in this new undertaking.

A BA in Psychology from Bellevue University in Nebraska, an MA in physiological psychology as well as a Ph.D. in developmental psychobiology from the University of Nebraska further qualify Dr. Yells for this position.

“During his term as an interim dean, Yells has demonstrated excellence in intellectual and administrative leadership of the college, and exhibited high ethical standards in his leadership duties.” said Mohammed A. El-Saidi, Ph.D., the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Employed by UVU since 1999, Dr. Yells has always been affiliated with the the college of humanities, arts and social sciences, and more specifically the behavioral sciences department.

With expertise in such varied areas as introductory psychology, physiological psychology, sensation and perception, psychopharmacology, abnormal psychology and experimental psychology, Dr. Yells is able to significantly contribute to the education of students at UVU.

His personal research interests include neurobiology of sexual behavior, neurobiology of psychopathy, and learning and memory.

With particular interest in subjects regarding neurobiological and cognitive research, Dr. Yells has authored many publications on his research in these subjects.

The university will no doubt benefit from having him in his newly appointed position.”We look forward to continue working with him in leading CHSS to new levels of success.” El-Saidi said.