Brianne Bilsky to be next dean of Berkeley College

Brianne Bilsky will be the next dean of Berkeley College, announced Yale College Dean Marvin M. Chun in an email to the Berkeley community on May 30.

Bilsky, an assistant professor of English at the United States Military Academy, earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Washington and Jefferson College and her Ph.D., also in English, from Stanford University. Her teaching and research interests include literature and war; rhetoric and composition; media and information theory; and pedagogy.

Bilsky will arrive at Yale with experience advising and mentoring undergraduates. At Stanford, she served as a resident assistant director for the Bing Honors College, living among and advising summer students preparing to write their theses. As a dean and administrator at Washington and Jefferson, she worked extensively with first-year students making the transition to college, created a peer-mentoring program, and prepared students for competitive national fellowships. And as a member of the Washington and Jefferson faculty, she taught in a first-year program that created and strengthened links between students’ residential and academic environments.

Originally from the Pittsburgh area, Bilsky has lived and worked on both the West and East Coasts, most recently spending the past four years in the Hudson Valley. She is an avid sports enthusiast, hiker, and traveler.

Bilsky replaces Renita Miller, who has accepted a position at Princeton University and will be leaving Yale at the end of June.