Dr. Jamie Barlowe, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, has been named interim vice provost for faculty affairs.
She will begin the position Jan. 1 and continue to lead the College of Arts and Letters until a dean can be selected.
“Jamie will spearhead new initiatives to promote faculty success and getting to professorship,” Dr. Andrew Hsu, provost and executive president for academic affairs, said. “Her reputation as a respected leader on this campus precedes her, and I know she will help faculty members achieve new levels of success.”
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as dean, and I look forward to this new challenge and to working with faculty across the University,” Barlowe said.
A member of the UT faculty since 1990, Barlowe has served as dean of the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences and the new College of Arts and Letters for the past five years. She also was associate dean of the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences for nine months and chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies for nine years.
She co-led the Directions 2011 strategic planning process and was a member of the steering committee for the Higher Learning Commission self-study in 2011. She has been active in shared governance, serving as president of Faculty Senate after the merger of UT and the Medical University of Ohio, and as a member of Faculty Senate, Graduate Council, Research Council, and Arts and Sciences Council for more than a decade.
Currently, Barlowe serves on the new University Committee for Diversity and Inclusion and is an inclusion officer after being on the President’s Council on Diversity for five years.
In addition to memberships on many other committees and task forces. she has been an adviser for more than 70 master’s theses and doctoral dissertations and 20 undergraduate honors theses. As a professor of English and later women’s and gender studies, she received the University Outstanding Teacher Award and was twice named a Master Teacher in the former College of Arts and Sciences.
Her 2000 book, “The Scarlet Mob of Scribblers: Rereading Hester Prynne,” helped reshape traditional Nathaniel Hawthorne studies and served as a major component of a number of undergraduate and graduate courses at other universities. Barlowe is completing a book manuscript focused on 64 previously unknown or neglected silent-era film adaptations produced from 1903 to 1929.