Dr. Thaine Stearns has been selected as Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, effective July 1, 2014.
Dr. Stearns has served as interim dean in the School for the last three years. Under his leadership, the School has developed and implemented several major initiatives, including the Humanities Learning Communities; the Center for Ethics, Law, and Society; the Weill Hall Artists in Residence; the Arts & Humanities "First-Stop" Advising Center. Beginning in Fall 2014, the Sophomore Year Research and Creative Experience courses will be launched.
In addition, he steered successful efforts to renovate Person Theater and the Walford Sound Recording Studio.
Dr. Stearns received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington in 1999. After holding teaching positions at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the University of Wisconsin, he began at SSU as an Assistant Professor in the English Department.
His scholarly and teaching interests are in twentieth-century British, U.S. and European literatures, visual culture, literary theory, and the novel.
An active scholar, he has published several reviews and articles on Virginia Woolf, James Joyce and Dora Marsden; Rebecca West and T.S. Eliot; and on Wyndham Lewis, Vladimir Nabokov, and William Carlos Williams.