McFadden named as associate provost

An email recently sent to the student body on February 18 by Provost and Dean of Faculty Lori G. Kletzer, announced Margaret T. McFadden as the newAssociate Provost and Dean of Faculty for Curricular Planning, effective July 1 of this year. McFadden succeeds Paul Greenwood, who, after five years as Senior Associate Provost and Dean of Faculty, will return to his faculty position in the Biology Department.
In her new role, McFadden will oversee all aspects of curricular planning and review in addition to policy development. Her responsibilities will include management and oversight of Jan Plan, the academic overseer visiting committee process, and one-year faculty replacement hiring.
In her email, Kletzer described McFadden as having “demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues across the College to advance shared goals.”
Since joining the faculty in 1996, McFadden has served the College as the Christian A. Johnson Professor of Integrated Liberal Learning and Professor of American Studies. Since 2010 she has served as Director of the Integrated Studies Program, and she served two terms as Director of the American Studies Program. McFadden was a member of the Humanities Steering Committee, which designed the program for the Center for the Arts and Humanities. From 2010 to 2013 she served as one of the two elected faculty representatives to the Board of Trustees. In addition to her work in academic departments, McFadden has an extensive record of elected committee service: the Academic Affairs Committee, several terms on the Committee on Promotion and Tenure, Nominating Committee, and Admissions and Financial Aid Committee. From 2009 to 2013 she served as faculty adviser to The Bridge, she is an ongoing member of Faculty Allies, and she is currently a member of the Task Force on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity and the Committee on Mission and Priorities.
Kletzer’s email described what a great faculty member McFadden has been since joining the Colby community. Kletzer said that  “students have been transformed by Margaret’s innovative and energetic teaching.” For example, in 2001 seniors honored her with the Charles Bassett Teaching Award.
As a scholar of American popular culture, McFadden’s course offerings are “diverse, experimental, and relevant. Comedy in American culture is a frequent theme in Margaret’s scholarship, which is at the same time intellectual and accessible.” Her book The L Word was published in 2014, and her recent scholarship focuses on women in American comedy.
Professor of Biology and Dr. Charles C. and Pamela W. Leighton Research Fellow and Senior Associate Provost and Dean of Faculty Paul Greenwood described McFadden as an “amazing faculty member.” Greenwood went on to say that “she is smart, fair, and careful, and she will be an exceptional addition to the Office of the Provost.”

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