Robbin D. Crabtree, Ph.D., is dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at Loyola Marymount University. An accomplished teacher and scholar, she is widely published in her areas of scholarly interest: intercultural communication, gender studies, pedagogy, and service-learning. Formerly dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Fairfield University, Crabtree is respected for her strong commitment to Catholic and Jesuit education. She is also a champion of the practical, inherent, enduring value of a liberal arts education, about which she writes and speaks often.
Prior to her appointment at LMU in 2014, Crabtree was dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Fairfield University, a position she held for six years. In her 13 years at Fairfield, she also served as inaugural director of the Office of Service Learning, chair of the Communication Department, and as a professor of communication. In 2013, Crabtree was given the Award for Administrative Excellence by the Connecticut ACE Women’s Network in recognition of her leadership and mentorship of women students, faculty and emergent leaders.
University of Minnesota at Twin Cities: Ph.D., Speech Communication 1992
University of Minnesota at Twin Cities: M.A., Speech Communication 1986
University of California at Santa Barbara: B.A., Speech Communication 1982
- American Association of University Professors
- American Council of Colleges & Universities
- Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences
- Editorial Board: Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
- Editorial Board: Journal of International and Intercultural Communication
- Advisory Board: Global Media Journal
Research Grants (3)
Clare Booth Luce Professorship
Henry Luce Foundation $404,439
Institutional readiness team; institutional grant with Fairfield University’s faculty and administrators; 2008-2010
"Institutionalizing a Culture of Integration and Assessment"
Davis Educational Foundation $200,000
Conceptualization and implementation team; institutional grant with Fairfield University’s Center for Academic Excellence; 2009
"Teaching Faith and Diversity: How a Jesuit University Approaches Conflicting Religious Traditions in Islam and Christianity"
Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning $51,348
Conceptualization team; institutional grant with Fairfield University’s Center for Faith & Public Life; 2006