Tromp named dean of New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

December 19, 2012

Marlene Tromp, director of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, has been named dean of ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, effective July 1, 2013. Tromp, a professor of English and women’s studies, joined the ASU faculty in 2011 from Denison University, where she also was a full professor.

She will succeed Elizabeth Langland, who earlier this year announced that she was stepping down as dean to return to the faculty. Marlene Tromp Download Full Image

During the short time she has been at ASU, Tromp has had a major impact. She developed a campus-wide series on "War and Peace" and also helped create an innovative New College writing program. In addition to teaching and her administrative duties as director of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, she serves on the Project Humanities Advisory Committee.

Tromp has received significant teaching awards for her work in the classroom. At Denison University, she was awarded the prestigious Charles Brickman Award for outstanding teaching and scholarship. She also has been named Teacher of the Year by the Prevent Abuse and Violence Education Association and was twice named a Mortar Board Outstanding Professor. 

“Marlene Tromp has brought to ASU a commitment to great teaching as well as academic leadership that extends across the disciplines,” ASU President Michael M. Crow said. “With Marlene as dean, New College is well positioned to further enhance its academic programs and to move into new and exciting areas.” 

“Marlene Tromp is a renowned scholar and devoted teacher who made an immediate impact on the school she directs by developing campus-wide, innovative programs,” said Elizabeth D. Phillips, ASU executive vice president and provost. “She has energy and ideas and the expertise to implement them. She will make a huge difference for New College and for the West campus.”

“It is an exciting time for New College and West Campus. Our genuinely talented faculty and path-breaking programs offer so much to our students, and Dean Elizabeth Langland’s leadership has built a broad and strong foundation for the college’s growth,” Tromp said. “I feel fortunate and honored to lead my colleagues into a new phase of New College’s development.”

Tromp is a well-published scholar on 19th-century literature and culture. She is the author of the books "Altered States: Sex, Nation, Drugs, and Self-Transformation in Victorian Spiritualism" and "The Private Rod: Sexual Violence, Marriage, and the Law in Victorian England." She also edited or co-edited and contributed to "Fear and Loathing: Victorian Xenophobia," "Victorian Freaks: The Social Context of Freakery in the Nineteenth Century" and "Mary Elizabeth Braddon: Beyond Sensation."

Her many professional activities include serving as vice president, board of directors, Nineteenth-Century Studies Association; and on the board of directors, North American Victorian Studies Association; as well as membership in the International Narrative Association, the Modern Language Association and the National College Teachers of English.

Tromp received her bachelor's degree in English from Creighton University, her master's degree in English from the University of Wyoming, and her doctorate in English from the University of Florida.

New College, located on ASU’s West Campus, offers interdisciplinary programs of study from across the sciences, humanities and social sciences. In addition to the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, New College includes the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences and School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The innovative New College programs provide students the foundation and skills necessary to tackle complex issues through effective understanding of science, nature, society, the arts, an appreciation for diverse culture, and the skills of effective expression.

An external search will commence to find a new director for the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies.

Sharon Keeler

associate director, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Completion fellowships awarded to graduate students in diverse research

December 19, 2012

From preventing student bullying to easing conflicts between religious and secularist views in society, the fall 2012 College Completion Fellows focused on research that can have a positive impact locally and globally.

The Arizona State University Graduate College awarded 11 Completion Fellowships to support degree completion of doctoral and master’s students in arts, humanities, social sciences and education during the 2012 fall semester. Graduate College Completion Fellows Fall 2012 Download Full Image

The graduate students were nominated by their academic unit on the basis of demonstrated ability to complete research projects of high quality.

Their impressive and diverse research includes:

• Helping educators develop empathy for marginalized students, including English language learners, special-needs students, ethnic and religious minorities, homeless children, gay students and immigrants, through participatory theatre activities.

• A framework of practices to assist public administrators in assessing the results of public programs and to design and implement more effective programs.

• Uses of poetry and the written word to deepen an appreciation of natural beauty, as encouragement to communicate in a way that fosters compassion, and as a tool of empowerment for individuals and society.

• An ecological approach to shaping conservation plans and preventing extinction in endangered animal populations.  

"These fellowships provide students who perform outstanding research a semester of support to complete their dissertation or project,” says Andrew Webber, Associate Vice Provost at the Graduate College. “We are proud to help them achieve their educational goals.”

The deadline to apply for a fall 2013 Completion fellowship is March 30, 2013. See for full details.

The Fall 2012 Completion Fellows are:

Ljubinka Andonoska, PhD in Public Administration, School of Public Affairs, College of Public Programs

Sarah Flett, PhD in Justice Studies, School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Julia Rosa Jones, MFA in Drawing and Painting, School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Masakazu Mitsumura, PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Carol Palmer, PhD in History, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Victor Parra-Guinaldo, PhD in English, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Heather Poole, MFA in Creative Writing, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Samantha Russak, PhD in Anthropology, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Semiha Topal, PhD in Religious Studies, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Kade Twist, MFA in Art (Intermedia), School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Ran Wei, PhD in Geography, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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