Gretchen Galbraith, PhD

Title: Associate Dean for Faculty, Resources, and Scheduling 


Office: B-4-232 MAK

Phone: 616-331-2495

Fax: 616-331-3675


Gretchen Galbraith

Office Hours by appointment


  • Personnel Issues
  • University and CLAS policies and procedures relating to faculty and staff
  • Negotiating contracts and leaves (joint appointment, maternity leave, phased retirement, reassigned time)
  • Liaison with CLAS Personnel Committee, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and HRO
  • Recruitment and hiring of faculty and staff, especially adjunct faculty
  • 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 Faculty Advisory Committee
  • Course Schedule Development and Management
  • Liaison with Admissions and NSOPAC 
  • Establish budget for Spring/Summer schedule
  • Ensuring sufficient sections and seats to accommodate anticipated demand
  • Managing low-enrolled courses
  • Faculty Governance
  • Liaison to CLAS Faculty Council
  • Duties and Special Projects as assigned by Dean
  • Liaison for Holton-Hooker learning community and Digital projects

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Many know Gretchen from her roles as Chair of Department of History (2007 to 2011) and Interim Director of the Honors College (2005 to 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 has found expression on the Faculty Salary and Budget Committee, as Co-Chair of the Ombuds Taskforce, on the Ad Hoc Committee on Family & Maternity Policy, on the Non Tenure-Track Taskforce, and in her work as an Inclusion Champion and member of Allies and Advocates. She was the recipient of the GVSU Barbara Jordan Award in 2011. She earned her Ph.D. in European and Women's history from Rutgers University and held a Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1995-96. She has taught a broad range of courses in the histories of education, Britain, Europe, the world, gender, and human rights. Her scholarly work includes  Reading Lives: Reconstructing British Childhoods, 1860 -1914 (St. Martin's Press, 1997), "'Corresponding with men': Exploring the significance of Constance Maynard's magazine writing, 1905-1919," in Women in Magazines; Rachel Ritchie, Susan E. Hawkins, Nicola J. Phillips, editors (Routledge, 2016). Her current projects include a cultural biography of Constance Maynard and linked Digital Humanities project and "Encyclopédie, 1751-1759," A Reacting to the Past Game-in-Development, co-authored with Professor David Eick. She is a member of the Board of the Reacting to the Past Consortium

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