PROVIDENCE, RI [Brown University] – After more than a decade of accomplished service, Kevin McLaughlin will end his extended tenure as Faculty Dean at Brown University effective June 30, 2022 and complete a sabbatical before returning to faculty as a professor English, Comparative Literature and German Studies. .
During his 11 years as Dean, McLaughlin worked with leaders of universities and academic departments to develop and diversify the faculty and worked tirelessly to enhance the academic strength of departments, centers and institutes on campus. In a Tuesday, November 30, letter to the Brown community, Marshal Richard M. Locke said he was honored to have worked with McLaughlin in this role and that his leadership will be missed.
“Kevin has been a long-time presence on Brown’s leadership team and has been a tireless advocate for the faculty,” said Locke. “He leaves a lasting legacy and impact on our institution, and I am infinitely grateful for his contributions over the past 11 years. Kevin fully deserves our gratitude for his outstanding service and our best wishes for his future endeavors. “
During McLaughlin’s tenure, the number of regular professors under the faculty dean increased from 517 to 609, the largest expansion of faculty ranks in Brown’s history. Among these professors, the number of historically under-represented groups has increased by more than 130%.
McLaughlin helped the University create post-tenure sabbaticals, ‘regularize’ many long-term temporary faculty into permanent lecturer positions with benefits, and reduce the teaching load in the qualitative humanities and social sciences. four to three lessons per year. Each of these efforts highlights its work to ensure fair treatment of faculty across disciplines and demographics, and to create and maintain an inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students at the University.
McLaughlin has been instrumental in enhancing and launching a number of prominent academic entities at Brown, including the Cogut Institute for the Humanities, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, and the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice.
“Each of these centers has had a significant impact at Brown and in an international context where Brown is a recognized leader,” said McLaughlin. “I have been fortunate to be able to collaborate with exceptional colleagues to create an environment conducive to innovative interdisciplinary research and teaching. “
McLaughlin came to Brown in 1996 as an Assistant Professor of English, reaching the post of Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature with tenure in 2000 and full professor in 2003. He was appointed George Hazard Crooker Professor of English , Comparative Literature, and German Studies in 2012. McLaughlin was appointed Dean of the Faculty in 2011 by Ruth Simmons, then President; in addition to assuming his new responsibilities as dean, he also continued his studies, publishing two books and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in 19th century European literature and philosophy.