Liberal Arts, Communication & Social Sciences Past Dean

Sally A. Struthers, Ph.D.


Sally A. Struthers, Ph.D. began her career at Sinclair Community College as an adjunct faculty member in the Art Department. She taught full-time from 1991 - 2002, attaining the rank of Professor. In 1993 she was a recipient of Dayton's "Up and Comer" Award, and in 1995 she was recognized as Sinclair's National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development Teaching Excellence Award winner. From 1996 - 2002 Struthers served as Art Department Chair, initiating the National Association of Schools of Art and Design accreditation process, which was earned by the Art and Design Departments in 2002. Sinclair was the first community college in the state, and the fifth in the nation to earn this accreditation.  

In 2002, upon the retirement of Dr. Clarence Walls, Struthers became Interim Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, and then in 2003 was hired as Dean of Fine and Performing Arts. The FPA Division included the departments of Art, Design, Communication Arts, Music, Theatre and Dance. During her tenure as dean, the FPA division grew in size and reputation. In 2007, as a result of reorganization, four new academic divisions were formed, and Struthers became Dean of Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences, the largest of the new academic divisions. The LCS Division is comprised of the departments of: Academic Foundations; Art, Child and Family Education; Communication Arts; Design; English; Humanities, Government & Modern Languages; Music; Sociology, Geography & Social Work; Psychology; and Theatre. While she was dean, the Music Department was re-accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the Theatre Department received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Theatre.


During her tenure as dean, Struthers chaired the Professor Emeritus Committee, Fall Conference Committee, Course Scheduling Committee, Curriculum Committee, and FPA and LCS Leadership Teams, and served as Sinclair's STARS (Student Achievement in Research and Scholarship, an Ohio Board of Regents access initiative) Coordinator, and as Co-Chair of the State of Ohio’s S.T.A.R.S. committee. She served on Promotion & Tenure, College-Wide Merit, Achieving the Dream, and Academic Policies committees; as well as on Leadership Council, Provost Council, and Instructional Council. Struthers also served on the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Advisory Committee at Wright State University and on the College of Education and Allied Professions Advisory Board at the University of Dayton, and on the Education and Exhibition Committee at the Dayton Art Institute. She guest curated "The Roman World: Religions and Everyday Life" for the Dayton Art Institute in 2007, and was selected as a DaytonCREATE Community Catalyst in 2008.


Currently Struthers, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Classics from Wright State University and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees from The Ohio State University in the History of Art, is Interim Chair of the Academic Foundations Department, and teaches Art History in the Art Department.  She is an exhibiting photographer, serves on the Boards of Trustees of the Dayton Art Institute, Culture Works and the Town & Country Fine Arts Center.  She also serves on the Developmental Education Initiative Committee, Completion by Design Core Team, and coordinates the Faculty Scholars Bibliography, and co-chairs the Culture Works Workplace Giving Campaign at Sinclair.