Adrian Randolph, associate dean of the Faculty for the Arts and Humanities at Dartmouth College, has been appointed dean of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, effective July 1.
Randolph, an art historian and scholar, will bring an impressive portfolio of building cross-campus and interdisciplinary initiatives to Northwestern, the university said in a news release.
Northwestern Provost Daniel Linzer said Randolph's "scholarship, energy and vision for liberal arts and sciences will help continue building Weinberg’s central role in the intellectual vitality of the University.”
Randolph specializes in medieval and Renaissance Italy. His scholarship places a special emphasis on blending visual analysis with other contextual information — and from fields as varied as science, literature, social history and gender studies. He has forged connections across disciplinary boundaries to build programming, lectures and conferences on topics as diverse as humor and race, Native American art and science and visualization.
Northwestern offers a strong liberal arts education within a vibrant research environment — “the lifeblood of a great, flexible and dynamic undergraduate education,” Randolph said.
Weinberg, he added, is excellently placed to offer undergraduate and graduate students the type of education that theorists identify as most effective, within an environment that values transformative research. He is committed to maintaining premier academic experiences for undergraduates while supporting faculty research at the highest levels.
Having lived previously in the U.K., France, Italy and Germany, Randolph advocates using academic research to create solutions to global challenges and fostering a knowledge of global issues in students and argues that a liberal education is not a luxury but a wise investment that provides the flexibility to explore fresh areas of intellectual inquiry, while crossing boundaries between traditional and new types of learning.
Randolph has authored, co-authored or edited eight books and numerous articles, essays and reviews. He also has served on the international advisory board of the journal Art History as well as the University Press of New England. Randolph completed his B.A. at Princeton University, his M.A. at the University of London and his Ph.D. in fine arts and the history of art and architecture at Harvard University.
Mark Ratner will continue to serve as WCAS interim dean through June 30.