In July, Richard Glejzer joined Marlboro as the new dean of faculty and graduate education, the first time this key position has been filled by someone from outside the Marlboro community. He brings with him a wealth of administrative experience that will be valuable to Marlboro, particular in the areas of governance, program review and curricular development.
“A lot of schools have an interdisciplinary format, but Marlboro College goes beyond that,” said Richard, who was drawn to Marlboro’s tight-knit community and innovative liberal arts curriculum. “Students are able to pull things together that other people haven’t necessarily pulled together, and I think that’s fascinating. What attracted me to being an academic, from the very beginning, was the opportunity to make those connections.”
Richard comes to Marlboro from North Central College, in Illinois, where he was professor and chair of the English department. He spent three years as chair of North Central’s Academic Programs and Policy Committee, which managed the curriculum and also program review and assessment. Among his other institutional duties, he served on the college’s Steering Committee and Academic Advisory Council, and was a faculty liaison to the board of trustees.
Although he has a doctorate from University of Missouri-Columbia in English, Richard’s teaching and scholarship have ranged widely in the areas of medieval literature, rhetoric and cultural theory. More recently he has focused on representations of the Holocaust and other traumatic events, and the relationship between witness and testimony. Richard has co-edited two volumes and co-authored a book with Michael BernardDonals, Between Witness and Testimony: The Holocaust and the Limits of Representation (SUNY Press, 2001), as well as authoring numerous essays, chapters, reviews and conference papers on related subjects. He is currently president of the Midwest Modern Language Association.
Most of all, Richard brings with him a collaborative decision-making process and a willingness to engage faculty, staff and students in “coalescing a vision” of Marlboro’s academic goals and meeting them. “Being a dean is a great job: you get to listen to people who have passions about the institution,” he said.