Search for next permanent provost will begin next month
Dr. Heather Hathaway, associate dean of academic affairs in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, has been named acting dean of the college, Acting Provost Kimo Ah Yun announced today. Hathaway will assume the role June 1; she will succeed Dean Rick Holz who announced last month that he will leave Marquette to become provost at Colorado School of Mines.
“Dr. Hathaway has served as a key leader in the college for many years, and I’m delighted that she will take on this important new role,” Acting Provost Ah Yun said. “I’m looking forward to working with her and Dean Holz on a smooth transition, so that we can best position Marquette’s flagship college for the future.”
“I feel privileged to assume the role of acting dean of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. Dean Holz has implemented important programs and initiatives during the past six years, and I look forward to working with our exceptional faculty, administrators and staff to maintain these during this interim period,” Hathaway said. “I am confident that we, in the Klinger College community, will continue to strive for excellence in all we do.”
Hathaway, an associate professor of English, has served as associate dean for academic affairs from 2005–08 and 2017–present. She has also served in numerous roles at the university, college and department levels including as director of the Africana Studies program, co-director of the University Honors Program, vice chair of the Board of Graduate Studies, director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in English, and interim director of the First-Year English program.
Hathaway says she is strongly committed to Marquette’s goal of becoming a more diverse and inclusive academic community dedicated to the promotion of justice. She co-founded the Arnold Mitchem Graduate Fellowship program, served on numerous initiatives focused on equity and inclusion, and most recently played a central role in the development and promotion of the Race, Ethnic and Indigenous Studies program.
Hathaway, whose research focuses on African American and Japanese American literature and culture, earned her bachelor’s degree in English and American Studies from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University. She has received grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Studies Association and the American Association of University Women. She was awarded the John P. Raynor Award for Teaching Excellence and the National Residence Hall Honorary Faculty Excellence Award. Her most recent book project on literature produced during the Japanese American internment in World War II is forthcoming in 2019.
Provost search update
According to the President’s Office, the search for Marquette’s next permanent provost will begin after spring break — a search committee and search firm will be identified in the preceding weeks. Listening sessions and the development of a position profile will take place over the spring semester, with a candidate pool created this summer.
The search for the next permanent dean of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences will follow the provost search so that the permanent provost can weigh in on that process.
Follow Marquette Today for updates related to these searches.