Mount Holyoke names vice president, dean
SOUTH HADLEY — Sonya Stephens, vice provost for undergraduate education at Indiana University, Bloomington, has been named Mount Holyoke College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.
Stephens will assume her new duties in July. The new dean holds a Ph.D. in French and a B.A. in modern and medieval languages from the University of Cambridge, along with an M.A. in French studies from the Université de Montréal.
She was educated in a women’s college at the University of Cambridge and spent 15 years as a faculty member at Royal Holloway, University of London, a college focused on the arts and sciences that was founded for the education of women in 1879. Stephens became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2003 and a Fellow of the United Kingdom Higher Education Academy in 2001.
Smith College starts Elm St. dorm repairs
NORTHAMPTON — Prep work for renovation of an Elm Street student residence complex has begun.
The project is a phased two-year renovation of Smith College’s Cutter-Ziskind student housing complex, a project that will preserve the structure’s architectural style while updating the interior and improving energy efficiency.
Most of the renovation is scheduled to take place during the summers of 2013 and 2014, but an initial phase began in March when crews replaced water lines in the middle of campus. That work will later allow the lines to be extended across Elm Street to air-condition the residence.
The construction schedule is based on breaks in classes to ensure that the 162 students in the house are not displaced. The project includes the installation of a new stormwater retention system that will provide on-site lawn and landscape irrigation and a redesign of the courtyard garden, located between the two wings and behind the Elm Street wall. The project is expected to be completed by the time students return for the 2014 fall semester.
is Fulbright scholar
AMHERST — Hampshire College Professor Rachel Rubinstein has been selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Israel, where she will lecture and conduct research during academic year 2013-2014. Rubinstein is associate professor of American literature and Jewish studies and the dean of academic support and advising. She will teach courses in American literature at Tel Aviv University, but in ways that are intended to deconstruct linguistic, geographical and cultural boundaries.
New dean of students
for Amherst College
AMHERST — James A. Larimore, the deputy director for Student Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a former dean at Dartmouth, Stanford and Swarthmore, has been named the new Amherst College Dean of Students.
He will start full-time this summer and begin working for the college part-time in April.
Larimore’s professional background includes dean of student positions at Swarthmore, Dartmouth, and New York University Abu Dhabi, as well as several student life appointments, including acting dean of students and assistant to the provost, at Stanford University.
Larimore majored in criminal justice with a concentration in sociology at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and earned an A.M. in higher education from Stanford, where he also has completed all but his dissertation in higher education administration and policy analysis.