We are pleased to announce that the College of William and Mary has appointed Dr. Katharine Conley, effective July 1, 2012.
Dr. Conley is currently the Edward Tuck Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College where she has taught since 1992 and served as Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities from 2006 to 2011. As Associate Dean, Kate was responsible for fourteen departments and approximately 300 faculty and she is credited with leading the preliminary planning, development, and advocacy for Dartmouth’s new $70 million Visual Arts Center.
A widely published scholar of the surrealist movement and French poetry, Dr. Conley has received a number of awards and fellowships, including the Jacobus Family Fellowship (2004-05), Senior Faulty Fellowship (2005) and the J. Kenneth Huntington Memorial Award (2004). She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 2009. Her current research explores “surrealist ghostliness” in film, photography, painting, sculpture, and writing.
Conley received her bachelor’s degree cum laude in 1979 from Harvard University. She has earned two master’s degrees in French (1988 from the University of Colorado and 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania), and received an honorary master’s degree from Dartmouth in 2007. In 1992, she received a Ph.D. in French from the University of Pennsylvania.