New CLAS associate dean selected

Gretchen Galbraith will begin her new position in May.
Gretchen Galbraith will begin her new position in May.
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Gretchen Galbraith has been selected as the new associate dean for Faculty Resources and Scheduling in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She will begin her new position in May, succeeding Gary Stark who has held the position for the past 10 years.

Galbraith is well known at Grand Valley for her roles as chair of Department of History from 2007-2011, and interim director of the Honors College from August 2005 to December 2006. CLAS Dean Fred Antczak noted her commitment to equity and service on the Faculty Salary and Budget Committee, as co-chair of the Ombuds Taskforce, and on the Ad Hoc Committee on Family & Maternity Policy. She is also a member of Allies & Advocates and is an Inclusion Champion. Her work has been recognized in many ways including the Barbara Jordan Award in 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).  

Antczak thanked all who applied, and the many people who participated in the search. “Thanks also to Gary Stark, who for 10 years has kept his sense of humor, been an acknowledged key resource person for faculty, and made a hard job remain attractive to our emerging leaders,” said Antczak.