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
 Natalie Bayer History   Spring 2017
 Megan Brown English Spring 2018 
Leah Kalmanson Philosophy and Religion Spring 2018
Keith Summerville Interim Dean of College of Arts and Sciences ex-officio
Amy Letter English Spring 2017
Joanna Mosser Political Science  Spring 2016
Eric Saylor Music Spring 2016

Previous Board of Directors Members include:

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

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 Jennifer Harvey, Department of Philosophy and Religion.

The Center for the Humanities is staffed by members of the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and of Philosophy and Religion 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.

ArtSci News
August 23, 2016
Lisa West, associate professor of English, is one of several faculty members across different universities participating in a scholarship and pedagogy project designed to re-integrate little known authors and out-of-print texts into the classroom.