Gordon Named Interim Dean of Yale College

Joseph W. Gordon has been named interim dean of Yale College, effective Oct. 1, announced President Richard C. Levin.

Gordon — who holds the posts of deputy dean of Yale College, dean of undergraduate education and lecturer in English — will serve until a successor to the outgoing dean, Peter Salovey, has been named and is ready to take up the position. Salovey left the deanship on Oct. 1 to assume his new role as Yale provost.

“I am delighted that a person of Joe’s stature and experience is ready and willing to lead Yale College, and I look forward with enthusiasm to working with him,” said Levin in a letter announcing the appoinment.

As acting dean of Yale College, Gordon will assume all the duties of the Yale College Dean’s Office and all respon sibilities related to undergraduate education and student life.

Gordon, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College, earned his Ph.D. in English at Yale in 1978. In the 1970s, he was one of the founding directors of the writing program, and later he was instrumental in creating the Yale College Writing Center and the Center for Language Study.

As deputy dean, Gordon is responsible for new undergraduate courses and new majors, and he manages academic program reviews. He has represented the Dean’s Office in efforts to revise or improve academic support technology and digital arts media, health policy, facilities planning, and emergency preparation and crisis response. Most recently, he chaired the Academic Resources Committee of the Study Group to Consider New Residential Colleges, and he serves as a member of the Provost’s Committee on Lesbian and Gay Studies.

During the transition period, Jon Butler, dean of the Graduate School, and Steven Girvin, deputy provost for science and technology, will divide responsibility for faculty appointment matters in the departments overseen by the Yale College dean, and Butler will chair all divisional senior appointments committees.

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