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 
Michael Haedicke Study of Culture and Society Spring 2019
Leah Kalmanson Philosophy and Religion Spring 2018
Joseph Lenz Dean of College of Arts and Sciences ex-officio
Amy Letter English Spring 2017
Inbal Mazar World Languages and Cultures
 Spring 2019

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
Joanna Mosser Political Science
Martin Roth Philosophy/Religion
Eric Saylor Music
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
October 20, 2016
The Comparison Project will present the third event in its 2016–2017 series on death and dying. A community interfaith dialogue on Oct. 27 will feature representatives of three different refugee religions in Des Moines.