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Brian Reed Reappointed Divisional Dean of Humanities

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05/08/2023
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“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to continue working on behalf of the world-class faculty and staff in the Humanities Division,” says Brian Reed, who has been reappointed as Divisional Dean of Humanities in the UW College of Arts and Sciences. Photo by Corinne Thrash.

The UW College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that Milliman Endowed Chair of Humanities Brian Reed will serve an additional three-year term as Divisional Dean of Humanities starting July 1, 2023. His reappointment follows the successful conclusion of a division-wide review and summary report authored by Professor Galya Diment.  

“Brian’s steady and visionary leadership has steered Arts & Sciences Humanities towards a bright future,” said Dean of Arts & Sciences Dianne Harris. “In addition to being a tireless champion for the units in his division, Brian is an invaluable colleague and a trusted problem solver. I look forward to working with him in the coming three years to advance the humanities at the UW.” 

Since his initial appointment in 2018, Reed's work has helped generate renewed interest among UW students in humanities programs; enrollment has remained steady across the division. Undergraduates are increasingly aware of how the humanities prepare them to bring essential skills to the table wherever their careers — and life paths — take them.  

In addition to being a tireless champion for the units in his division, Brian is an invaluable colleague and a trusted problem solver.

Dianne Harris Dean, UW College of Arts & Sciences
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“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to continue working on behalf of the world-class faculty and staff in the Humanities Division,” Reed said. “I am proud of the high-quality humanities education we provide for our students, and I resolve to do my best to share widely the news of our accomplishments, on campus and beyond. In our chaotic, confusing, and swiftly changing world, the humanities are more indispensable than ever: they clarify for us where we’ve been, where we want to go, the paths we might take there, and how to choose among them. They lend us strength and give us hope.” 

The division-wide review found overwhelming support for Reed, along with high praise for his leadership and accomplishments over the past five years. Faculty noted his consistent and excellent guidance, problem-solving capabilities, and innovation in securing Mellon Foundation funding for Humanities First, as well as his support for the development of Global Literary Studies and the division's flourishing writing programs. 

Reed, a professor of English, is a specialist in twentieth- and twenty-first-century poetry and poetics and a past Rhodes and Fulbright Scholar. He is the author of three books, most recently "Nobody's Business: Twenty-First Century Avant-Garde Poetics." Reed has written widely on image-text relations in poetry, on sound in poetry, and on poetry in relation to other arts. In addition to serving as divisional dean, he has served on the Executive Board of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association and on the Executive Committee of the Poetry and Poetics Forum of the Modern Language Association.  

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