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Elizabeth Langland

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Interim Dean of Humanities
Administrative, Tempe Campus, Mailcode 6505

A scholar specializing in Victorian literature, feminist and gender theory, cultural studies, and theory of the novel, Elizabeth Langland joined Arizona State University at the West campus, on September 1, 2007, as Vice President at West campus and Dean of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (read why New College is right for you), where she is also Foundation Professor of English. From February 2012-May 2013 she also served as Interim Dean of Humanities in ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  On June 30, 2013, Langland stepped down from her positions as Vice Provost of the West Campus and Dean of New College; she is currently on a year-long research leave.

During Langland's 30-year career as a professor, she has amassed significant teaching, research, and administrative experience and, at the University of Florida, earned three college teaching awards as well as a university-wide award for distinguished teaching and a comparable award for distinguished scholarship. She began her academic career in 1975 as an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University, where she helped establish and direct the women's studies program. She subsequently became chair of the English department at Converse College in South Carolina, rebuilding and reinvigorating the department during her three years there.

In 1985, Langland joined the faculty at the University of Florida, serving from 1990 through 1994 as director of graduate studies in English before becoming associate dean for faculty affairs for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1995. As associate dean, she held responsibility for all matters involving faculty in 52 departments and programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, including overseeing tenure, promotions, and faculty workloads at the college level, recruiting and retaining faculty, recommending budgets and salary merits, responding to faculty grievances and students complaints, and directing graduate policy. While serving as associate dean, she initiated a mentoring program for new faculty and inaugurated a maternity leave policy for college faculty.

Langland moved to UC Davis on July 1, 1999 as Professor of English and Dean of the Division of HUmanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies in the College of Letters and Science. At UC Davis, Langland worked effectively with faculty, students, and staff, strengthened core disciplines in the humanities and arts, infused resources into interdisciplinary programs in ethnic, gender, and cultural studies, and developed cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary initiatives that build upon the university's long-standing strengths in the sciences. Under her direction, the Division grew vigorously in faculty, student enrollments, and majors, significantly outpacing the university's overall rate of growth. Langland was also responsible for a major reorganization of the writing program at UC Davis. In addition, Langland helped fundraise for a $60 million state-of-the-art performance hall, initiated planning and fundraising for a university museum of art, and significantly enhanced the visibility of UC Davis arts for prospective students and regional audiences.

Langland joined the faculty of Purchase College, State University of New York, on August 1, 2004 as Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. At Purchase College, she developed a strategic plan to keep the arts and liberal arts competitive, engaged, and productive in an increasingly global environment; instituted recruitment and hiring protocols to ensure a diverse faculty and staff; initiated a collegial process for review and revision of general education to create a distinctive program that addresses student learning and builds core competencies in students; generated new multidisciplinary programs responsive to needs of students in the twenty-first century; supervised a complete overhaul and updating of College computing and instructional services; and increased enrollments and selectivity through reorganization of admissions, financial aid, student accounts, and institutional research. Her broad administrative portfolio in four major state systems over a period of fifteen years has given her an intimate knowledge of the many challenges facing public universities and colleges and substantial experience in strategic planning, budgetary management, and leadership during periods of relative plenty and severe shortfall.

Langland is the author or editor of eight books and numerous articles. She continues to write scholarly articles, and in recent years has brought the analytical skills honed in literature and theory increasingly to bear upon higher education and its challenges. Langland received her B.A. degree summa cum laude from Barnard College and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees with departmental honors from the University of Chicago.

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Elizabeth Langland is a scholar of Victorian literature and culture with expertise in women and women's literature, critical and feminist theory, theory of the novel and cultural studies.  She is the author of four books, three co-edited volumes, two scholarly editions of Victorian novels, and dozens of articles and essays.

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