July 21, 2000
To: Campus Community
From: Campus Provost John B. Simpson
Re: Dr. Wlad Godzich appointed dean of the Humanities Division
It is my great pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Wlad Godzich as Dean of
the Humanities Division.
Dr. Godzich has earned an eminent international reputation through his research and
teaching, and he brings a solid background in academic administration as well. Currently,
he serves as the Chair of Emergent Literatures in the English Department as well
as the Chair of Comparative Literature at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.
He also is a professor in the University of Geneva Graduate Institute of European
Skilled in teaching undergraduates, including beginning courses, he also teaches
advanced and doctoral seminars. He supervises 24 doctoral dissertations at this time,
and 37 students who completed their doctorates under his supervision now hold distinguished
positions throughout North America and Europe.
Among the topics he teaches currently are courses on new literatures in English.
For example, he teaches a seminar on Writing in English in the Epoch of Globalization
and another on Hispanic American Writing of the past 20 years.
His current research focuses on three areas of Humanities scholarship and reflects
his interests in the role of the Humanities in an era of globalization and technology,
among other intriguing topics.
Dr. Godzich previously has held appointments at major universities in the United
States and Europe. He served as Assistant Professor of French at Columbia University,
Assistant Professor of French and Literature at Yale University, Associate Professor
and Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, Professor
of Russian and Eastern European Studies at the University of Minnesota, Professor
of French Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Montreal,
and Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto (a joint appointment
with the University of Montreal). He held the McConnell Chair of Comparative Literature
at the University of Montreal for five years.
Throughout his career, Dr. Godzich has shouldered a variety of administrative responsibilities.
For example, for three years, he served as the Director of the Office of Research
Development at the University of Minnesota, where he also was Director of the Comparative
Literature program for six years, Director of the Center for Humanistic Studies for
three years, and Coordinator of an international program at Dakar, Senegal.
The author of several books, including The Culture of Literacy (Harvard University
Press, 1994), Dr. Godzich has organized numerous international conferences, and he
serves as editor and editorial board member of a number of prestigious American,
European and Asian journals, both print and electronic.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Wlad Godzich to UC Santa Cruz.