Catherine Ingrassia, Professor of English, has been selected as the permanent chair of the English Department. Catherine is a renowned scholar of eighteenth-century British literature and culture with a particular focus on women writers of the period. At VCU, Catherine, who received the CHS Distinguished Service Award in 2014, chaired the committees leading to the creation of both the interdisciplinary humanities PhD in Media, Art, and Text (MATX) and the VCU Humanities Research Center; she also served as the CHS Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (2005-2008) and as CHS Executive Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (2008-2011).
Catherine accepts the mantle of leadership for the Department of English from the capable hands of Nicholas Frankel, Professor of English, who has graciously lead the department on an interim basis since July 1 of last year. I am deeply grateful for Nick’s willingness to serve as chair during this period. The English faculty, staff, and students continued to thrive under his wise leadership, despite its brevity. Nick now has the opportunity to return to the completion of his own manuscript, a critical biography of Oscar Wilde.