2023-24 FAS Dean of Humanities Search Advisory Committee (ad hoc)


The FAS Dean of Humanities Search Advisory Committee advises the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on potential candidates for the role of FAS Dean of Humanities. The committee’s charge is to provide the Dean with a list of promising candidates and a sense of their strengths and challenges.

Committee Membership, 2023

  • Joanne Meyerowitz, Committee Chair; Arthur Unobskey Professor of History and American Studies
  • Morgane Cadieu, Associate Professor of French
  • Hussein Fancy, Associate Professor of History
  • Jonathan Kramnick, Maynard Mack Professor of English
  • Marsha Marcum, Lead Building Services Coordinator, Humanities Quadrangle (staff advisory member)
  • Priyamvada Natarajan, Joseph S. and Sophia S. Fruton Professor of Astronomy and Professor of Physics; Chair of the Department of Astronomy (outside member)
  • Kathryn Slanski, Senior Lecturer in Humanities and in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • Michael Veal, Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Music and Professor of African American Studies

​Staff Support

  • Carolyn Kyrtopoulos, Staff: Senior Administrative Assistant, Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • John Mangan, Staff: Senior Associate Dean and Dean of Faculty Affairs, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Roles and Responsibilities

The FAS Dean of Humanities oversees the day-to-day well-being and mid- and long-term planning of the 20+ departments and programs in the humanities division of the FAS. They oversee faculty hiring plans, hiring processes, offers, recruitments, and retentions, as well as faculty lifecycle issues including promotion, tenure, and retirement for these FAS departments. They chair the humanities advisory committee (HAC), and with the Dean of the FAS, lead the humanities tenure appointments and promotions committee (HTAC).

The FAS Dean of Humanities sits on the major FAS committees, including FAS Steering (which oversees matters of FAS policy) and the Faculty Resource Committee (which oversees allocation of FAS faculty searches). Together with the FAS Deans of Social Science and Science, they meet regularly with the Dean of the FAS to coordinate FAS-wide goals, strategies, policies, and practices.

Position Description

FAS Dean of the Division of Humanities Description of Responsibilities, September 2023