Author and Administrator Dr. Deirdre Pettipiece Named New Dean at Lehman College

BRONX, N.Y.—Dr. Deirdre Pettipiece, a scholar and author and most recently the associate dean of arts and sciences at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, has been named the new dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Lehman College. Her appointment was approved by the CUNY Board of Trustees and became effective on July 16.

At West Chester University, Dr. Pettipiece supported faculty development, external affairs and community development, successful budget management and strategic planning for the college Earlier, she chaired the Department of Communication and Modern Languages at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Pettipiece received her Ph.D. in English with an emphasis on scientific writing from Arizona State University (ASU). She subsequently joined the faculty at ASU, creating and teaching its first hybrid and online literature courses and co-authoring the handbook Teaching and Learning in the Electronic Classroom.

She has written on a wide range of topics, including Sex Theories and the Shaping of Two Moderns: Hemingway and H.D. (Routledge, 2002) that focuses on the infusion of evolutionary reading and language in the works of these two legendary authors. She has a new book out later this year, More Than Human: The Evolutionary Heroes of Robert E. Howard (Edwin Mellen Press), an examination of the heroic characters that populate the author’s mythical worlds, and a forthcoming textbook, Introduction to Professional Writing.

Over the years, Dr. Pettipiece has taught interdisciplinary and professional writing courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Northern Arizona University, Central Arizona College, South Mountain Community College, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her deanship at Lehman, she will hold a full professorship in the Department of English.

Besides her teaching and administrative experience and her ongoing scholarship, Dr. Pettipiece has successfully coauthored applications for over $2.75 million in grants. She succeeds Dr. Timothy Alborn, who is returning to the Lehman Department of History to continue his teaching, research and writing.

Contact: Joseph Tirella / 718-960-5746