ENGLISH SCHOLAR NAMED DEAN OF GRADUATE COLLEGE
Clark Hulse, a scholar of Shakespeare, Renaissance literature and visual culture, has been named dean of the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The appointment is subject to the approval of the university's Board of Trustees.
Hulse, who is professor of English and professor of art history at UIC, has served as interim dean since June 1999. A national search that began last summer yielded a number of top candidates, according to Charlotte Tate, interim provost, who announced the appointment. "But Clark stood out as the clear choice for the position," Tate said.
"As interim dean, Clark has done an excellent job in forging the development of the Graduate College," Tate said. "He has a vision and plan for the ongoing growth and strengthening of the Graduate College." As interim dean, Hulse oversaw the administrative separation of the Graduate College from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the reorganization and redefinition of the college. The dean is responsible for fellowship and recruitment programs, diversity programs, graduate student benefits, program assessment, establishment of cross-departmental programs and external fundraising.
"The Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Chicago is dedicated to a simple idea: bringing together superb students with outstanding research faculty in a diverse and stimulating urban environment," Hulse said. "UIC is redefining higher education, and it is gratifying to be asked to play a role in this exciting experiment."
Hulse's previous administrative positions were as executive associate dean of the Graduate College, director of graduate studies in English and interim head of the English department. He has twice served as interim director of the Center for Renaissance Studies at Chicago's Newberry Library.
Hulse is the author of two books, "The Rule of Art: Literature and Painting in the Renaissance" (University of Chicago Press, 1990), and "Metamorphic Verse: The Elizabethan Minor Epic" (Princeton University Press, 1981). A co-edited collection of essays, "Early Modern Visual Culture: Representation, Race and Empire in the English Renaissance," was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press last year. His articles on Renaissance literature and visual culture have appeared in many journals and collections. He is currently at work on a book about verbal and visual portraiture in the age of Henry VIII, including the works of Hans Holbein, Thomas Wyatt and Thomas More.
Hulse received his B.A. degree from Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Claremont Graduate University. Since joining the UIC faculty, he has held research fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the British Academy, and research grants from the College Art Association and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. He received the University of Illinois' University Scholar Award for Distinction in Research in 1986 and was visiting professor of art history at Northwestern University in 1992.
At UIC, Hulse has regularly taught courses on Shakespeare, 16th-century literature, literary theory and visual culture. In 1986-87, he and three fellow faculty members conducted a two-year, NEH-funded project to develop new models for an introductory literature sequence. More recently, he has written articles on teaching the humanities in a multimedia and technological environment and has led faculty workshops on the uses of technology. He received UIC's Teaching Recognition Award in 1998.
Hulse is an active supporter of public humanities and has worked on projects with the Newberry Library, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Chicago Humanities Festival. He serves on the board of directors of the Illinois Humanities Council.
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