Charles "Chuck" S. Suchar was appointed dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
March 28, 2006 and reappointed in 2009. Prior to assuming this post, Suchar served as interim dean of the college for one year. His tenure as a College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences officer includes 13 years as an associate dean, eight years as chair of the sociology/anthropology department and five years as director of the university-wide Honors Program. A professor of sociology, Suchar brings to the deanship an extensive background in teaching and academic administration marked by a special interest in program development at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has served DePaul for 43 years in key roles within and outside of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
As an associate dean, Suchar's responsibilities called for overseeing the college's graduate programs and general education for undergraduate students at DePaul. For nine years, he chaired the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences curriculum committee, and for almost as long, he had overseen the new faculty seminar, which acculturates tenure-track faculty to the university.
Suchar's innovation and vision are exemplified in his creation of the Discover Chicago Program, a first-year experiential learning program that immerses freshmen in the richness and diversity that Chicago offers. It has been modeled at colleges and universities around the country. Founded in 1995, the successful program has proved instrumental in the creation of other programs such as the Focal Point Seminar and Explore Chicago programs, which are designed to expose incoming freshmen to broad-ranging academic experiences. Suchar's responsibilities as associate dean also called for his chairing and co-chairing committees to create new graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
Suchar's top priority is to work closely with college department chairs and program directors to implement the university's strategic plan for academic excellence, VISION 2018. Plans call for advancing student success, the development of faculty roles as teacher-scholars, enhancing our engagement with the city of Chicago, furthering the college’s international and global commitments in curriculum development and programming, advancing our mission-related and social justice initiatives, and exploring the role of technology in supporting teaching, scholarship and research and in facilitating the everyday conduct of college business as it relates to the strategic plan. New programs include two new master degree programs in Sustainable Urban Development and Modern Languages.
An alumnus of DePaul, Suchar received his undergraduate degree in sociology in 1967. He earned both his master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from Northwestern University and was awarded the National Science Foundation Post-Doctorate Fellowship to attend the Sociological Institute of the University of Amsterdam in 1975-76. His outstanding career at DePaul has resulted in numerous citations, including a St. Vincent de Paul Professorship (2004), the Spirit of DePaul Award (1999), a Public Service Award (1997), the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award (1996) and the Sears-Roebuck Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Awards (1996).
His published works include chapters/articles in “Visual Studies” (2007), “The New Chicago” (2006), "Contexts" (2004), "Picturing the Social Landscape" (2004), "Qualitative Sociology" (1997), "Journal of Architectural and Planning Research" (1993), "Visual Sociology" (1993) and "Gentrification and Urban Change: Research in Urban Sociology" (1992). Suchar is also an associate editor of the journal "Visual Studies.”