Interdisciplinarity and the creative process alike inspire Professor of History Susan Ashley, who served as dean of the college and dean of the faculty from 2005-12. At CC since 1970, she teaches 19th and 20th-century European history, with an emphasis on intellectual and social history, and her research focuses on conceptions of marginality in late 19th and early 20th century Europe. Ashley teaches Creativity: Arts and Artisans, a course focused on the creative process and on promoting creative work, and she led a project last semester involving mapping different historic themes and periods, and using GIS to overlay these maps while teaching history in Italy.