Board of Directors

Members of the Board of Directors are elected by the faculty of humanities to three-year terms. To ensure continuity of governance, each year, two members are replaced. No more than two representatives may belong to a single department or program.

Current Board of Directors

Name Title Term End Date
Curt Cardwell, Ph.D. Associate Professor of History Spring 2014
Tim Knepper, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion Spring 2015
Amy Letter, M.F.A. Assistant Professor of English Spring 2014
Joanna Mosser, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations Spring 2016
Martin Roth, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion Spring 2015
Eric Saylor, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Music Spring 2016
Joseph Lenz, Ph.D. Professor, Department of English
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Previous Board of Directors Members include:

Daniel Alexander Mathematics and Computer Science
Natalie Bayer History
Jean Carmalt Law, Politics, and Society
Jennifer Harvey Philosophy and Religion
Maura Lyons Art and Design
Karen Leroux History
Carol Spaulding-Kruse English
Joan Faber McAlister Rhetoric
Mary McCarthy Politics and International Relations
Renee Cramer Law, Politics, and Society

Faculty & Staff

Drake faculty, at any rank, in any department or program in the University, whose work as teachers, scholars, or in academic service significantly involves humanistic inquiry, broadly construed, are eligible to join the Humanities Center Faculty. Those interested in doing so should email expressing their wish to join the Humanities Center Faculty.

  • All members of the Humanities Center Faculty are eligible to propose projects for Center underwriting or to request support for their own research and teaching activities. (However only those on continuing appointment may request funding for future years, or that spans fiscal years).
  • Associate and Full Professors and Assistant Professors eligible for promotion who are members of the Humanities Center Faculty, may serve on the Board of Directors, and are eligible to take part in elections and deliberations on Center policy and amendments to the Charter.
  • Associate and Full Professors are eligible to serve in the role of Director of the Center. The current Director of the Humanities Center is Craig N. Owens, Department of English.

The Center for the Humanities is staffed by members of the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and of the English Department, the home department of the current Director. Staff members are responsible for managing budget, disbursals, and acquisitions and advising on day-to-day administrative matters related to the operation of the Center.

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