College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Gretchen Galbraith, PhD

Gretchen Galbraith

Title: Associate Dean for Faculty Resources and Scheduling 

Office: B-4-232 MAK

Phone: 616-331-2495

Fax: 616-331-3675

Email: galbraig@gvsu.edu









Office Hours



  • Personnel Issues
    • University and CLAS policies and procedures relating to faculty (regular & adjunct) and staff (APs)
    • Negotiating contracts (phased retirement, maternity leave, alternate teaching, joint appointment)
    • Liaison with CLAS Personnel Committee, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (Jellema), and HRO
    • Recruitment and hiring of faculty and staff, especially adjunct faculty (visitors, affiliates, part-time)
    • Replacement faculty (leaves of absence-paid or unpaid)
    • Complaints and grievances by or relating to faculty, staff, and PSSs
    • Handbook Explicator
    • HRO Explicator
  • Liaison to Brooks/Honors re: personnel
  • Liaison to CLAS Affiliate Advisory Committee
  • Course Schedule Development and Management
    • Liaison with Admissions, NSOPAC, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs 
    • Establish budget for Spring/Summer schedule
    • Ensuring sufficient sections and seats to accommodate anticipated demand, especially during Freshman Orientation & Registration
    • Managing low-enrolled courses
  • Faculty Governance
  • Coordinator of Governance Elections
  • Liaison to Faculty Council
  • Duties and Special Projects as assigned by Dean, such as arts & humanities initiative, the learning communities initiative, the big data/digital studies initiatives
  • Other Duties as pertaining to Faculty Resources and Scheduling




Many  know Gretchen from her roles as Chair of Department of History from 2007 to 2011 and Interim Director of the Honors College (August 2005 to December 2006) or from her packed session at the 2013 FTLC conference or her participation as a table speaker at the CLAS Teaching Roundtables (“Game-playing across the Disciplines: how roles and victory objectives can deepen students’ ability to explore complexity”). Some of you will know of her commitment to equity that is finding expression on the Faculty Salary and Budget Committee, as Co-Chair of the Ombuds Taskforce, and on the Ad Hoc Committee on Family & Maternity Policy. Her work has been recognized in many ways including the Barbara Jordan Award (2011). In her scholarly interest areas of European, British, Gender and Family History, Comparative Women’s and Social History, she is the author of many articles, encyclopedia entries, presentations, reviews, and the book Reading Lives: Reconstructing British Childhoods, 1860 -1914 (St. Martin's Press, 1997). Gretchen is a member of Allies & Advocates and is an Inclusion Champion.

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