Dr. Louise Mirrer Named Vice Chancellor For Academic Affairs

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York today named Dr. Louise Mirrer as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, following a national search. Her appointment is effective July 7, 1997.

Dr. Mirrer, a widely published scholar in the fields of Spanish and Sephardic language and literature and women’s studies, is currently serving as Vice Provost for Arts, Sciences and Engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a post she has held since 1995. Among her many initiatives in that position are chairing the Council on Liberal Education; the initiation and direction of a project to fund collaborative teaching assistant-faculty Web page development in large enrollment courses; development of a proposal for improvement of instruction of graduate students in teaching; development of “Education for Life and Work,” a major educational component of this year’s biennial request to the Minnesota state legislature; and the improvement of K-12 articulation and university-business community articulation.

Previously, Dr. Mirrer was Chair of the Humanities Division at Fordham University from 1991-94. She joined Fordham’s Spanish Department in 1979 as an Assistant Professor and rose to become a full Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature. She was a Visiting Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California-Los Angeles in 1991.

“Dr. Mirrer is an eminent scholar in her field and has held university-wide administrative positions of increasing responsibility,” said Chancellor W. Ann Reynolds. “Through her work in both the public and the independent sectors, she has first-hand knowledge of the importance of maintaining academic quality in the face of today’s budgetary constraints.”

Prior to serving in her capacity as Vice Provost, Dr. Mirrer was Chair of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Minnesota from 1994-95. She continues to chair the Department’s Executive Committee, and is a member of the Graduate Faculty of the Center for Medieval Studies. Dr. Mirrer holds a double Ph.D. from Stanford University in Spanish and Humanities. She earned a Diploma in Linguistics from Cambridge University in 1975, following her 1973 graduation from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. magna cum laude with honors in Spanish.

She has published four books: Women, Jews, and Muslims in the Texts of Reconquest Castile (University of Michigan Press, 1996); Upon My Husband’s Death: Widows in the Literature and Histories of Medieval Europe (University of Michigan Press, 1992); Prints of Power (Knoedler Publishing, 1991); and The Language of Evaluation: A Sociolinguistic Approach to the Story of Pedro el Cruel in Ballad and Chronicle (John Benjamins, 1996). Dr. Mirrer has also written numerous articles and is the recipient of various research grants and fellowships. She has presented scholarly papers at conferences and universities in the United States and Europe.

Her professional activities include serving as a delegate to the Modern Language Association, representing the Division of Medieval Spanish Literature, 1988-91; chairing the Executive Committee of the Sephardic Studies Discussion Group of the Modern Language Association, 1989; chairing the Sephardic Studies Group of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, 1989; serving as a board member of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, 1991-present, and a member of the Board of Advisors, Medieval Feminist Newsletter, 1991-present.

Dr. Mirrer is married to David Halle, a Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Los Angeles; they have three children, Philip, Carla and Malcolm.

The Search Committee for the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs was chaired by President Matthew Goldstein of Baruch College and included trustee, presidential, faculty and student representation.