Department and program chairs typically rotate on a five year basis. 
Chairs of departments play significant roles in:
  • The promotion and tenure process
  • The development of annual budgets
  • Organizing the annual schedule of courses
  • Staffing
  • All other leadership roles in departments

Chairs and Directors meet several times a year as a group chaired by the Dean of the College.

Department Chairs & Academic Program Directors 2023-2024

American Studies:  Sean Patrick O'Rourke

Anthropology:  Celeste Ray

Art, Art History, & Visual Studies:  Jessica Wohl

Asian Studies:  Alison Miller

Biochemistry:  Clint Smith

Biology:  Elise A. Kikis

Business:  Eric Zinn

Chemistry:  Rob Bachman

Classics:  Daniel Holmes

Earth & Environmental Systems:  Martin A. Knoll

Economics:  Katherine C. Theyson

English:  Matthew Irvin

Environmental Arts & Humanities:  Celeste Ray

French & French Studies:  Kathryn Mills

German & German Studies:  Liesl Allingham (Fall 2023) & Richard Apgar (2024)

History:  Kelly J. Whitmer

Integrated Program in the Environment:  Deborah McGrath

Interdisciplinary Humanities:  Derek Ettensohn

International & Global Studies:  Nicholas E. Roberts

Italian:  (see Spanish & Italian)

Mathematics & Computer Science:  Catherine Cavagnaro

Medieval Studies:  Matthew Mitchell 

Music:  Stephen Ray Miller

Neuroscience:  Kate Cammack & Karen Yu (co-directors)

Philosophy:  Mark Hopwood

Physics & Astronomy:  Rob Bachman (Acting)

Politics:  Rae Manacsa

Psychology:  Karen Yu

Religious Studies:  Eric Thurman

Rhetoric:  Sean Patrick O'Rourke

Russian:  Mark Preslar

Spanish & Italian:  David Colbert-Goicoa

Theatre & Dance:  Jim Crawford

Women & Gender Studies:  Eric Thurman

(updated 7.21.23)