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Colleges Announce Leadership Changes for Diversity and in Dean’s Office

Khuram Hussain, the current Dean of Hobart College and Associate Professor of Education, has been named the Colleges’ Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Reporting to the President and sitting on Senior Staff, Hussain will serve as the Colleges’ chief diversity strategist. The Offices of Intercultural Affairs, Academic Opportunity Programs and International Students will all report to him.

Scott Brophy, Professor of Philosophy and Pre-Law Adviser for the Colleges, has been named the new Dean of Hobart College. A 1978 graduate of Hobart and the parent of a William Smith alumna, Brophy will be the 16th Dean of Hobart College and only the third alumnus to hold the position; Walter Hetherington Durfee, a 1908 graduate, held the position from 1938-48 and again from 1955-59 while Charles E. Love, Jr. ’62 was dean from 1973-1982. In his new role, Brophy will provide academic and personal advising to students while also developing and executing strategies and initiatives to increase student success.

Hussain and Brophy begin their new roles on June 1, 2020.

“Khuram and Scott are both outstanding scholars, teachers and mentors who have proven themselves again and again as wholly dedicated to the Colleges and our students,” says President Joyce P. Jacobsen. “Soon after arriving at HWS, it became clear to me that we needed an expert in diversity and social justice issues who could be a thought leader for campus. We are so fortunate that Khuram is willing to take on this work with his trademark enthusiasm and integrity. Meanwhile, Scott’s deep knowledge of Hobart College as an alumnus, faculty member and parent, and his significant track record as a student mentor make him uniquely qualified to guide students.”

“I am grateful to have served as Dean of Hobart College for two years. I’ve gained fresh insight into the earnest, everyday, collaborations of faculty and staff that support student growth. It has been an honor to work alongside Hobart and William Smith deans in their stalwart advocacy of our HWS scholars,” says Hussain. “Looking ahead, I am eager to bolster the efforts of our students, faculty and staff who endeavor to create an intellectual and ethical community in which we can all fully participate.”

“It’s a privilege to be named the Dean of Hobart College and to follow in the footsteps of the 15 Deans who held the position before me, including Eugen Baer and Khuram Hussain most recently, but also Charlie Love, Joe Healey, Rick Guarasci and Clarence Butler,” says Brophy. “Having had predecessors like them at the helm is both inspiring and a little intimidating, but Assistant Deans Dave Mapstone and Joe Mink have been doing fabulous work, and I’m hoping we can continue to build upon that. I’m looking forward to helping students achieve their academic and personal goals, and to collaborate with the faculty to make that happen. As an alumnus who has spent so much of my life here, I’m excited and grateful for this opportunity to do something new for an institution and community that has done so much for me.”

About Khuram Hussain

Hussain completed his Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University where he was awarded the All University Dissertation Prize. He teaches classes that explore social movements for racial justice in schools and the pedagogy of democratic, multicultural classrooms. His research examines social actors who work to reinscribe schooling as a site for culturally responsive, community-oriented, democratic learning. He has published numerous articles in top tier journals and his book, Weapons for Minds, is under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press.

For 20 years, Hussain has served as a dialogue facilitator, trainer and consultant to schools, universities, government offices, non-profits and community organizations on issues of diversity and equity. His work has been recognized by the NAACP, the US Armed Forces, and community and campus organizations nationwide, as well as by HWS faculty. He is the co-founder of Tools for Social Change (TFSC), a dialogue-driven initiative that advances equity and inclusion in the Finger Lakes. As a member of TFSC, Hussain helped design and facilitate Geneva’s largest grassroots self-study on diversity, equity and land use. Hussain also collaborated with the U.S. Department of Justice to sustain Geneva’s Community Compact between communities of color and law enforcement.

About Scott Brophy

Brophy received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester. In addition to teaching and writing about the history of philosophy and on public policy, especially in the areas of law, the environment and education, he has served in a variety of faculty leadership roles including twice as presiding officer of the faculty, twice as the chair of the committee on academic affairs and more than a decade as chair of the philosophy department. He is the author and principal investigator of numerous publications and grants and has twice received awards from the faculty, once in recognition of his teaching and again in appreciation of his service to the community.  Under Brophy’s guidance of the pre-law program, the Colleges recently entered into an agreement with Cornell Law School to establish the Law Early Admissions Program, a “3+3” joint degree framework that allows students to complete their undergraduate and legal education in six years. As Dean, he will continue to teach his two popular courses on crime and punishment and on 17th and 18th century philosophy.

With colleague Charlie Temple and others, Brophy was a founding member of the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Project (RWCT), a teacher training and school improvement program that has partnered with ministries of education and governmental and non-governmental organizations in 40 countries on five continents, reaching countless teachers and students. RWCT has been recognized by UNESCO and the International Bureau of Education as a best practice in peace-building internationally.

Brophy is a founder and former director of the Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute, a nationally acclaimed program for high school students now in its 27th year, and BRIDGE, a program that linked rural American elementary classrooms to students in Asia and Africa that was awarded the Distinguished Social Studies Program by the New York State Council for Social Studies.

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