Dean of the College to Return to Research and Teaching

Dean of the College Rebecca Biron has decided to return to full-time research and teaching at the end of the academic year, Interim Provost David Kotz ’86 announced yesterday. She will have served three years as Dartmouth’s senior officer responsible for undergraduate academic and co-curricular life. A professor of Spanish and comparative literature and a Dartmouth faculty member since 2006, Biron says she’s proud of the work her team has done to better integrate the College’s educational mission into student life.

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Faculty, Students, and Staff Honored for Their Work

Through the generous funding of President Hanlon, six faculty members received 2018 New Directions in Humanities Scholarship and Arts Practice grants.  The six are Zahra Ayubi (Religion), Antonio Gomez (Spanish and Portuguese), Enrico Riley (Studio Art), Jeffrey Ruoff (Film and Media Studies), Nirvana Tanouki (English), and Spencer Topel (Music). Congratulations to all and good luck with your projects.

Six members of the faculty have received inaugural New Directions in Humanities Scholarship and Arts Practice grants to pursue projects outside of their primary fields of expertise. The grants, administered by the Office of the Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities, with funding from the Office of the President, are designed help faculty in the arts and humanities to push the boundaries of their disciplines and follow their intellectual curiosity. “A sense of risk is implicit to this undertaking,” the call for proposals said. The awardees:

COLT 53.03/AMES 41.19 Offered Spring 2018 @ 2A/Ariss

Identity and Representation in the Middle East: Narratives of Loss 
Spring 2018 @ 2A Inst. Tarek El-Ariss                                                                     
This interdisciplinary course lays the theoretical foundations for reflecting on the question of identity in Middle Eastern culture. Focusing on experiences of loss and dispossession, we will examine the discourse on identity and memory, identity and trauma, and national identity. We will analyze narratives of lamentations and humiliation following military and ideological defeats from the second half of the 20th century to the present.

DCAL’s Gateway Initiative: Big Courses That Feel Small

Small class size: It’s one of Dartmouth’s strengths, of which students and faculty are proud. Small classes allow for individualized attention and feedback and let students develop close relationships with intellectual mentors who are top scholars in their fields.

But even at Dartmouth, not all classes can be small. Larger undergraduate classes are what Lisa Baldez, director of the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL), and Josh Kim, director of digital learning initiatives, call gateway courses—introductory survey classes that fulfill major and distribution requirements and open doors to deeper study.


Rebecca Biron, professor of Spanish and comparative literature and dean of the College, works with instructional designer Ashley Kehoe on a new Gateway course that Biron will teach next year. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)