Anne W. Robertson appointed Interim Dean of Division of the Humanities

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The Department of Music congratulates its current Chair, Anne Walters Robertson, Claire Dux Swift Distinguished Service Professor, on her appointment as Interim Dean of the Division of the Humanities, effective July 1.  We wish Anne well for her service to the division and know that it will continue to thrive under her leadership.  Thomas Christensen, Avalon Foundation Professor of Music and the Humanities, will chair the Music Department starting July 1, returning to departmental duties after an appointment as the Master of the Humanities Collegiate Division (2009-2015) and a leave year supported by the Guggenheim Foundation and the ACLS (2015-2016).

Anne’s current term as Chair, since July 2014, has been marked by a number of high-profile job placements of recent graduates, a renewed focus on alumni outreach, the continued growth of the Department’s Performance Program, and ambitious initiatives in contemporary music.  She has also steered several successful faculty searches, all while maintaining her high profile as a scholar of late Medieval music.

In his announcement, University President Robert Zimmer wrote: 

"I am pleased to announce that Anne Walters Robertson, Chair of the Department of Music and Claire Dux Swift Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Music and the College, has agreed to serve as the interim Dean of the Humanities Division, effective July 1, 2016 and continuing until the next dean is named and in place. Anne’s appointment will foster the continued academic advancement of the Humanities Division while the search for the next dean is conducted. 

I am deeply grateful to Anne for her commitment to the Division and the University, and to the many faculty in the division who made recommendations regarding options for the appointment of an interim dean.

Anne, who joined the faculty in 1984, has been involved in the work of the broader University community and professional organizations throughout her career. She served as Deputy Provost for Research and Education (2001-4), Chair of the Music Department (1992-98, Winter 2008, 2014-present), Co-Chair of the OPUS Campaign of the American Musicological Society (2005-9), and President of the American Musicological Society (2011-2012). Anne’s research is focused on the music of the middle ages, with a particular concentration on 15th-century sacred polyphony, the 14th century French composer Guillaume de Machaut, French medieval liturgical music, ceremony and architecture, and music and mysticism. Among many scholarly honors and distinctions, Anne was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008 and a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2015."