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Huey Copeland Appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs beginning in the 2015-16 Academic Year

Modified: June 4, 2015

Dear Members of the Graduate Community at Northwestern University,
I am pleased to announce that Huey Copeland will be the new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at The Graduate School effective September 1, 2015. Huey is Associate Professor of Art History and affiliated faculty in the Department of African American Studies and the Gender and Sexuality Studies program.  His work focuses on modern, contemporary, and African diasporic art with a particular emphasis on articulations of blackness in the Western visual field. He is the author of Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013).
Huey is an active member of our academic community and a visible leader, serving in the last year on the Weinberg Dean’s Search Committee and TGS’s Presidential Fellowship Selection Committee. Huey’s tenure as Director of Graduate Studies in Art History and success in mentoring graduate students provides him with the experience and perspective essential to helping us to steward graduate education at Northwestern. His commitment to interdisciplinary studies and hands-on involvement in the Black Arts Initiative have positioned him well for this next step in academic leadership.
In his role as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Huey will provide academic leadership for all doctoral, master’s, certificate, and cluster programs under the supervision of The Graduate School and serve as a key member of my senior leadership team. He will facilitate good communication and partnership between TGS, our graduate programs, campus partners, and students through our progress review process, curriculum and program development processes, the organization of our quarterly meetings of Directors of Graduate Study, and the examination and implementation of our academic policies for the graduate community.
Due to the upcoming changes in TGS’s senior leadership, including the departure of Associate Dean Bill Karpus and my own administrative leave October 1, 2015-June 30 2016, Huey has generously agreed to begin his transition early by serving as Associate Dean-Designate from July 1, 2015-August 31, 2015 until his term as Associate Dean officially begins on September 1. I, along with Senior Associate Dean Sarah McGill, will work with Huey to ensure a smooth transition in TGS’s senior leadership team.
I am confident that Huey will make a strong addition to our team at TGS, advancing our collective work as advocates for the graduate community and the continued excellence of graduate education at Northwestern. Please join me in welcoming him into his new role.
Dwight A. McBride, PhD
Associate Provost & Dean of The Graduate School

From the Dean