Welcome to Our New Associate Dean for Arts & Humanities

posted Apr 26, 2017, 10:16 AM by Colleen Ware   [ updated Apr 26, 2017, 10:34 AM ]

Please join me in welcoming Professor Jane Blocker as CLA’s associate dean for arts & humanities, effective August 1 and through the 2019-20 academic year.


Professor Blocker (PhD 1994, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) is Professor of Art History. A specialist in US and European art produced from the mid-1960s to the present day, her research has focused primarily on the problem of the contemporary for history. She is concerned with the means by which art history comes to be written and has studied its objects, biases, privileges, ethics, and methods through the lenses of feminism and queer theory. Her work has examined performance art, new media, and film as especially challenging for traditional art historical methodologies. She is the author of four books and numerous articles and essays.


Jane served for six years as Director of Graduate Studies and is currently Chair of the Department of Art History. She has served on the Women’s Faculty Cabinet and is the vice chair of the Council of Chairs.


The associate dean for arts and humanities (AD-AH) is a member of the CLA administrative leadership team and works collaboratively with the dean, the other associate deans, and the directors of advancement, fiscal administration, human resources, and technology and innovation services offices in CLA. The AD-AH also works collaboratively with chairs and directors of Arts and Humanities units, the Office of the Provost, the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, associate deans from other colleges, and other relevant university offices. The AD-AH plays a lead role in working to strengthen the arts and humanities and build the environment to conduct first-rate research and creative work, teaching, and engagement.


I am delighted that the College will benefit from Professor Blocker’s experience and expertise in this critical role. Jane will build on the strong foundation and pioneering work in the arts & humanities established by Associate Dean Ana Paula Ferreira, and I sincerely thank Ana Paula for her leadership and support during a period of administrative transition while serving as associate dean. Ana Paula served as the associate dean for faculty in 2014-15, and served as the associate dean for arts and humanities for the subsequent two years. At the end of 2014-15 she agreed to extend her term for one year, and at the end of 2015-16 she agreed to extend her term for one year again. I am profoundly grateful that she agreed to do so.


Professor Blocker’s creative and inventive thinking and experience will play a central role in advancing the CLA Roadmap goal of relentlessly pursuing research and creative excellence, and she has likewise demonstrated accomplishment in and commitment to the Roadmap goals of promoting student readiness, diversity and inclusion, and engagement. I invite you to join me in thanking Jane for taking on this service on behalf of the College.


I thank the members of the search committee for their dedicated work:


Kathryn Reyerson, Chair (history)

Timothy Brennan (cultural studies & comparative literature)

Michelle Hamilton (Spanish & Portuguese)

Kathryn Louis (chief of staff)

Kathy Romey (music)

John Watkins (English)

David Wilkins (American Indian studies)

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