From staff reports
Jeremy Webster has been named the new dean of the Honors Tutorial College, Executive Vice President and Provost Kathy Krendl announced Monday. He will succeed interim Dean Harold Molineu, who will return to the Department of Political Science where he is a professor. Webster's new position will begin July 1.
Webster is an associate professor of English and serves as Director of Study of the English Honors Tutorial Program and Coordinator of the English Departmental Honors Program.
During his 10 years at Ohio University, Webster has served on the Quarters to Semesters Transition Team, the University Curriculum Council and Faculty Senate, among other positions. Webster received his doctorate in English from the University of Tennessee.
His scholarly interests include issues of gender and sexuality in English literature, specifically 18th century British literature. Webster said he currently is writing about the ways Jewish men are gendered and sexualized from 1660 to the 1820s.
As dean, Webster seeks to continue and improve the academic excellence in HTC.
"I want to ensure that we preserve the academic excellence the college already possesses and find ways to expand that," he said. "I also want to try and find ways to collaborate with the other colleges at Ohio University."
Webster added he also plans to advocate for the college, both inside and outside the university.
The search for dean of the college began earlier this year to replace former HTC Dean Ann Fidler. After six years with HTC, Fidler was named interim associate provost for strategic initiatives in 2008.
Responsibilities for the dean of the Honors Tutorial College include developing and implementing college policies, determining application procedures, overseeing admissions decisions, monitoring student progress and developing and reviewing tutorial programs and initiatives. In addition, the dean teaches the Honors Tutorial College freshman seminar.
Executive Vice President and Provost Kathy Krendl said that she was confident that Webster had the energy and the insights to lead the college forward. "Jeremy impressed me, the search committee and the students and staff of the college with his vision for the future of the college. Thanks to the work of deans Molineu and Fidler, he has a strong foundation on which to build."
Webster sought the position from a strong desire to work with students and make a contribution to their studies.
"This year, as director of studies in English, I found that working with our students has been really rewarding and engaging," he said, noting his program works with about 10 percent of the students in the college. Being dean will allow him to work with all of them. "If I could go from working part time with 10 percent of the college to working full time with all of the students, it would be a very rewarding and exciting next phase of my career."
Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College is the only degree-granting college in the United States that incorporates all the essential features of the traditional tutorial system developed at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Currently, there are approximately 230 students enrolled in the college.