The onset of the 2022–23 academic year brings new courses, new students, and new leadership appointments in Arts & Sciences. Chairs and directors provide essential leadership and service to their respective units, and we are grateful to all current and past faculty members who have taken on these roles. This fall, ten departments and programs have named new chairs or directors.
American Culture Studies
Incoming director: Paige McGinley, associate professor of performing arts
Outgoing interim director: Noah Cohan, assistant director and lecturer in American culture studies
Department of Anthropology
Incoming chair: Rebecca Lester, professor of sociocultural anthropology
Outgoing chair: Tristram R. Kidder, the Edward S. and Tedi Macias Professor
Center for the Humanities
Incoming director: Stephanie Kirk, professor of Spanish
Outgoing director: Jean Allman, the J.H. Hexter Professor in the Humanities
Read about Stephanie Kirk's vision for the Center for the Humanities.
Department of Chemistry
Incoming chair: Jennifer Heemstra, the Charles Allen Thomas Professor of Chemistry
Outgoing chair: William Buhro, the George E. Pake Professor of Chemistry
Read about Jennifer Heemstra's recruitment to Washington University.
Department of English
Incoming chair: Abram Van Engen, professor of English
Outgoing chair: Vincent Sherry, the Howard Nemerov Professor in the Humanities
Incoming director: Tabea Linhard, professor of Spanish
Outgoing director: Andrew Sobel, professor of global studies
Read Tabea Linhard's fall welcome message.
Performing Arts Department
Incoming chair: Julia Walker, professor of English (appointment began in spring 2022)
Outgoing chair: Pannill Camp, associate professor of drama
Department of Physics
Incoming chair: Henric Krawczynski, the Wayman Crow Professor of Physics
Outgoing chair: Mark Alford, professor of physics
Read about the physics department's leadership transition.
Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Incoming chair: Jeff Zacks, professor of psychological and brain sciences
Outgoing chair: Deanna Barch, professor of psychological and brain sciences; the Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychiatry
Read about Deanna Barch's new role as vice dean of research.
Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy
Incoming director: Andrew Reeves, professor of political science
Outgoing director: Steve Fazzari, the Bert A. and Jeanette L. Lynch Distinguished Professor of Economics
Read about Andrew Reeves' plans for the Weidenbaum Center.