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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Engelhardt named interim senior associate dean

Elizabeth Engelhardt

Elizabeth Engelhardt, current chair of American studies, has been named interim senior associate dean for fine arts and humanities in the College of Arts & Sciences, effective March 18.

She replaces Terry Rhodes, who was appointed interim dean of the College on Feb. 26.

As senior associate dean for fine arts and humanities, Engelhardt will oversee the departments of American studies, art and art history, classics, communication, dramatic art and PlayMakers Repertory Company, English and comparative literature, Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures, linguistics, music, philosophy, religious studies, romance studies, and women’s and gender studies. Her responsibilities also include oversight of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, medieval and early modern studies, Carolina Public Humanities, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for the Study of the American South. She will also work closely with the College’s director of faculty diversity initiatives.

Engelhardt, the John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies, joined the American studies faculty in 2015, returning to her home state after more than a decade at the University of Texas at Austin.

As a teacher, she has inspired her students to become knowledge producers and original creators, and as a researcher and author, she has advanced understanding of Southern food and culture.