College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Gary Stark, PhD

Gary Stark

Title: Consulting Associate Dean 

Office: B-4-231 Mackinac Hall 

Phone: 616-331-2495

Fax: 616-331-3675



Office Hours




  • Training AD Gretchen Galbraith
  • Global Learning Across the Curriculum initiative with the Internationalization Task Force
  • Managing the Digital Measures program for the university
  • Continuing to work on the PEAT Taskforce and its implementation 
  • Managing the GVSU faculty and staff exchange agreement with the University of Education in Schwäbisch Gmünd
  • Performing some data analysis for CLAS
  • Tasks as assigned by the Dean


Gary is a specialist in German and European history who received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. He has taught in Canada and at the University of Texas in Arlington (1975-1994), where he also served as associate dean of Liberal Arts. Gary served as Dean of Arts & Letters at the University of Central Arkansas (1994-98) and Dean of Arts & Humanities at Grand Valley State University (1998-2001).

Author or editor of several books and articles on European history, his most recent book, Banned in Berlin: Literary Censorship in Imperial Germany, 1871-1918 (New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2009) focuses on the censorship of art and literature in 19th and 20th century Germany. A paperback edition was issued in 2012. His current interest is in historical memory, monuments, and museums in Germany and Poland. Gary has led study abroad programs to Germany and Poland and serves on the board of directors of the Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities association.

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