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June 18, 2008

Stephen Watt named Associate Dean for Strategic Planning


Stephen WattBennett I. Bertenthal, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, announced today that Stephen Watt, professor of English and adjunct professor of Theatre and Drama, will take on the role of associate dean for strategic planning as of July 1, 2008.

“As I stated in my State of the College talk last month, it is imperative for the College to engage in a comprehensive strategic planning process over the next year.  Steve will be responsible for overseeing this process, drafting the strategic plan, and formulating performance metrics.  Over time, he will also assume responsibility for other activities in the Dean’s Office,” Dean Bertenthal said.

Watt received his Ph.D. in English with special fields in drama, Irish Studies, and Literary Theory, in 1982 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He joined the English Department faculty at IU in 1985 and served as chair of the department from 2000 to 2006.  His recent books include:  Beckett and Contemporary Irish Writing, to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2008; Ian Fleming and James Bond: The Cultural Politics of 007, eds. Edward P. Comentale, Stephen Watt, and Skip Willman,  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005; Office Hours: Activism and Change in the Academy, New York: Routledge, 2004, (co-authored with Cary Nelson);  Understanding Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing,  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004, (co-authored with Walter Kalaidjian and Judith Roof); A Century of Irish Drama: Widening the Stage, eds. Stephen Watt, Eileen Morgan, and Shakir Mustafa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000; and Academic Keywords: A Devil’s Dictionary for Higher Education, New York: Routledge, 1999, (co-authored with Cary Nelson).

"I cannot think of a more qualified person to serve as the first associate dean for strategic planning," Dean Bertenthal said. "Steve is a well-respected scholar in his field and a well-liked colleague.  He has a deep and thorough knowledge of the academic, economic and administrative challenges we face, and I think it is very important that he will bring his perspective as a scholar in the Humanities to bear on all of our discussions in the College, not just to his job in strategic planning."

With Watt's appointment as associate dean for strategic planning, he will join the group that includes Executive Associate Dean Bob Becker (Economics), Associate Dean for Graduate Education Emília Martins (Biology), Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Jean Robinson (Political Science) and Associate Dean for Research Rob De Ruyter (Physics).

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