Announcing the Appointment of Dr. Howard Marchitello as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Sent Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

To the Campus Community:

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Howard Marchitello, a professor of English and senior associate dean at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, will become dean of that academic unit effective Jan. 1, 2019.

This truly is an exciting announcement. Dean-designate Marchitello is a proven leader who will build upon the energy and momentum of our largest academic unit. Since 2012, he has served on the executive team of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, first as associate dean and then as senior associate dean for research and the Graduate School. An effective administrator with an energetic vision of the role of the arts and sciences in building careers, advancing research, and serving communities, Dean-designate Marchitello has sharp insight into the academic and pedagogical rigor required of successful schools. He is passionate about the value of the Rutgers University–Camden experience across every aspect of our institution and contributes greatly to the vitality of our campus.

He has been instrumental in the development of several interdisciplinary graduate programs, including teaching in Spanish, forensic science, public affairs/community development, and teacher education. He fostered the creation of graduate certificate programs in historic preservation and in community development in Puerto Rico, and created a series of initiatives to promote and support student and faculty research. Moreover, he has worked tirelessly to administer FASC faculty promotion, tenure, and reappointment cases.

Dean-designate Marchitello joined Rutgers University–Camden as an associate professor of English in 2008 and was promoted to professor in 2011. He served as chair of the Department of English during 2009 to 2012. He previously served as director of graduate students in the English department at Texas A&M University, where he also coordinated that university’s Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

A noted scholar in the area of 16th- and 17th-century literature, Dean-designate Marchitello is the author of the books The Machine in the Text: Science and Literature in the Age of Shakespeare and Galileo (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Narrative and Meaning in Early Modern England: Browne’s Skull and Other Histories (Cambridge University Press, 1997). His work appears in a wide range of book chapters and articles in top academic journals.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Hobart College in 1983 and his doctoral degree in English from SUNY-Buffalo in 1990.

Our growth and rising national stature place us at a pivotal moment in the history of our campus. The selection of a dean who embraces Rutgers University–Camden’s mission and values reflects the excellent work of the search committee, which conducted a thorough national search. I am grateful to the entire committee for their work and commend the leadership of the committee co-chairs, Provost Michael Palis and Dr. Jane Siegel (professor, FASC-criminal justice).

Please join me in congratulating Dean-designate Marchitello and in offering him our full support as he assumes his new duties when FASC Dean Kriste Lindenmeyer returns to the faculty on Jan. 1. On behalf of the Rutgers community, we thank Dean Lindenmeyer for her service and acknowledge our profound debt of gratitude for her dedication and leadership.

Phoebe A. Haddon, J.D., LL.M.

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