Dean Martha Roth announced the addition of two new academic positions to the Division of the Humanities. Bill Brown, Karla Scherer Professor of American Culture in the Department of English Language and Literature, the Department of Visual Arts, and the College and a past Master of the Humanities Collegiate Division (HCD), has agreed to serve as the first Deputy Dean for Academic and Research Initiatives for a three-year term beginning July 2013. The second position, Deputy Dean for Languages, will be filled by Mario Santana, Associate Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the College and past Master of the HCD (as well as current interim Master). Santana will serve for an initial one-year term in the 2012-13 academic year.
Brown and Santana will join the Deputy Dean and Master of the Humanities Collegiate Division as senior academic officers in the Division of the Humanities.
In the announcement, Dean Roth noted “The Division has accomplished great successes in recent years – hiring and retaining stellar faculty members at all levels; recruiting, supporting and graduating our students; and launching innovative research and pedagogical initiatives. With these new Deputy Deans, we will have the leadership team in place to realize our ambitions and to ensure the success of the humanities in the upcoming campaign.”
As Deputy Dean for Academic and Research Initiatives, Brown will work with faculty throughout the Division to develop and articulate new initiatives that advance humanistic inquiry. He will coordinate with the directors and chairs of the master’s programs in the Division (MAPH, CMES, CLAS, DOVA) and help develop new graduate programs and tracks.
As Deputy Dean for Languages, Santana will oversee language instruction, appointments, and reviews; ensure appropriate graduate student language pedagogy training; oversee the appointment of the Director and the academic mission of the Center for the Study of Languages; and interface with the College and the Master of the HCD/Deputy Dean, the College’s Study Abroad programs, with the University of Chicago global Centers in Paris, Beijing, and the soon-to-open center in New Delhi, with the offices of the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning, and with Departments and Area Centers.
The two new Deputy Deans will join Thomas Christensen, the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Department of Music and the College, who will return from his year of research leave in Berlin to a second three-year term as Master of the Humanities Collegiate Division and Deputy Dean (formerly Associate Dean) on 1 July 2012.