James M. Glaser
Dean ad interim
James M. Glaser, professor of political science, was appointed
interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences effective June 2014.
Glaser brings to this role more than 11 years of service to the
school and extensive leadership experience. He served as dean of
academic affairs for Arts and Sciences (2010 – 2014), having
previously held the position of dean of undergraduate education for
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (2003-2010). He was also chair of
the political science department for four years (1999-2003).
As dean of academic affairs, Glaser served on the dean’s leadership team that designed and implemented initiatives to advance the school’s strategic goals, including: cluster hires to support interdisciplinary programs, improvements to the finance curriculum with added support from career services, and new academic programs on race and ethnicity. Glaser, the university’s liaison to the ROTC program and our veterans’ alumni group, has spearheaded important changes to the ROTC program that have led to meaningful support of and recognition for our cadets and midshipmen.
In his capacity as dean of undergraduate education, Glaser implemented recommendations of the president’s task force on the undergraduate experience. Among the committee’s new programs and initiatives were a lecture series bringing leading intellectuals to campus; a summer scholars program connecting student researchers with faculty mentors; a fund to support undergraduates working unpaid internships in non-profit and public sector organizations; and a revamped advising system. The results of these changes and the political lessons of the task force implementation were published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
As undergraduate dean, Glaser also led a faculty-administration task force on retention to close graduation gaps at the school. In the time since the report’s publication, these graduation gaps have been halved, raising success rates for all students.
As dean ad interim, Glaser looks forward to serving as co-chair of the school’s strategic planning committee and drafting the committee’s recommendations. He aims to work with his faculty colleagues and Arts and Sciences staff to improve faculty governance; to update and refresh the curriculum; to support the new facilities being designed and built; to fulfill the school’s commitment to the diversification of the faculty, staff and student body; and to enhance the research profile of the school through exciting new faculty hires and support of the outstanding scholars and researchers already on staff.
Glaser received his B.A. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the co-author (with Timothy J. Ryan) of Changing Minds, if Not Hearts: Political Remedies to Racial Issues (2013, University of Pennsylvania Press). His previous books, The Hand of the Past in Contemporary Southern Politics (2005, Yale University Press) and Race, Campaign Politics, and the Realignment in the South (1996, Yale University Press), each received the Southern Political Science Association's V.O. Key Prize awarded to the year's best book on southern politics.