University of the Arts Announces New Dean of the Division of Liberal Arts

Catherine Gunther Kodat, Ph.D., will join UArts on July 1

April 26, 2012

The University of the Arts announced today that Catherine Gunther Kodat, Ph.D., will join the institution as its next dean of the Division of Liberal Arts, effective July 1, 2012. She will hold the title of Professor of Humanities.

Dr. Kodat comes to the University from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., where she served most recently as director of its program in American Studies. She has been a member of the Hamilton College faculty since 1995. Kodat brings an arts background as a musician and a former dance critic for The Baltimore Sun.

"Catherine will bring to the University a deep understanding of the values of a liberal education and of the interrelation of the visual, the performing and the liberal arts," said Kirk E. Pillow, provost of the University of the Arts. "Like her new colleagues Dean Kay Williams (of the College of Performing Arts) and Dean Christopher Sharrock (of the College of Art, Media & Design), Catherine will bring focused energy and enthusiasm to the continued transformation of the University that lies ahead. I look forward to her arrival and to working closely with her."

From 2005 to 2010, Dr. Kodat was chair of the Hamilton College department of English and Creative Writing. Her essays on 20th century literature and culture have appeared in journals such as Representations, American Quarterly, Boston Review and Mosaic. An inaugural recipient of a Millicent C. McIntosh Flexible Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Kodat has been a research fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford and Fulbright lecturer in American studies at Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem (ELTE) in Budapest. She is completing a book about the uses of culture during the Cold War.

In 2008, Dr. Kodat received Hamilton's Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes one Hamilton faculty member each year who demonstrates extraordinary commitment to and skill in teaching.

She earned her master's degree and her Ph.D. in English at Boston University. Her undergraduate education began in 1975 at the Peabody Conservatory of Music (now the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University), where she studied piano. Five years later she earned her bachelor's degree in English at the University of Baltimore.

She wrote for the Baltimore City Paper from 1979 to 1981, then joined The Baltimore Sun as a metro desk reporter. She became the paper's chief dance critic in 1985.

Dr. Kodat succeeds Peter Stambler, dean of the Division of Liberal Arts, who is retiring in 2012 and will return to the faculty in 2013. Stambler led the division for 11 years.

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