Provost Announces Associate Deans – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Provost Announces Associate Deans

Associate Professor of German Eric Klaus and Associate Professor of Political Science DeWayne Lucas have been named associate deans. As such, they will assume responsibilities within the Office of the Provost in addition to their duties as members of the faculty.

“I am looking forward to working with Eric and DeWayne next year,” says Provost and Dean of Faculty Titilayo Ufomata. “They are very capable individuals who each bring many unique skills to the position, including those that make them effective teachers, advisers and scholars.”

Klaus will serve as associate dean of First Year Seminars. He came to HWS as a visiting professor of German in 2001 after gaining previous teaching experience at Deutsche Sommerschule am Atlantik, Brown University, University of Rhode Island and University of Maryland-College Park. He has been the coordinator of the German area studies program since 2006. From 2009 to 2011, he was a member of the American Association of Teachers of German culture task force, during which time he contributed to the task force’s collection of teaching materials designed to foster intercultural learning, and also wrote the introduction to that collection.

Klaus has participated in conferences in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Ottawa, Canada; Berlin, Germany; at Yale University, and at HWS. Klaus has also published various articles on the Austrian occultist Gustav Meyrink, Goethe, Gorky and other analyses of German literature. In recent years he has turned his attention to cross-cultural encounters in the works of Yoko Tawada and Lafcadio Hearn, as well as topics in the digital humanities. Currently, he is working on publications surrounding his scholarly interests of the uncanny and bildungsroman (coming-of-age novel).

After earning a B.A. in German from Dickinson College, Klaus earned his M.A. in Germanic studies from University of Maryland-College Park, and his Ph.D. in German Studies from Brown University. Klaus has participated in HWS’s first-year seminar program since 2008 and is looking forward to working with the faculty to strengthen this vital component of the Colleges’ curriculum.

Lucas will serve as associate dean of faculty. In this role he will replace Associate Professor of Education Paul Kehle, who will step down as associate dean this summer at the end of his term.

Lucas’ research deals with the decision-making processes of Congress, particularly the House of Representatives, and the role that party polarization has played in reducing Congress’ ability to legislate. From election results to voting records, he has examined various explanations of the challenges to the chamber in operating effectively and has written most recently on the role of moderate congressional factions in shaping contemporary debate.

At HWS, he has been actively engaged in the campus governance structure, chairing the Committee on Academic Affairs, the American studies program, and the political science department. Since his arrival at the Colleges in January 2000, Lucas has also served on the Committee on Standards and the Committee on Faculty, where he chaired the taskforce that rewrote the Sexual Grievance Process for the Colleges. Working with a variety of other people on campus, he has been a regular participant in public forums in the Geneva community about national and local elections, has co-organized the Day on the Hill program, and has served as the faculty adviser for various student organizations, including the College Democrats, College Republicans, and Americans for an Informed Democracy.

Pictured above is the staff of the Office of the Provost: Provost and Dean of Faculty Titilayo Ufomata; Associate Provost Christine de Denus; Associate Dean of Faculty DeWayne Lucas; Associate Dean of First Year Seminars Eric Klaus; Assistant Provost for Faculty Support Pat Cool and Assistant to the Provost Kelly Switzer.