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Don Wayne, Literature Department Chair, Appointed New Revelle College Provost

May 21, 2009

By Pat JaCoby

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Don E. Wayne

The appointment of Don E. Wayne, chair of the Department of Literature, as  provost of Revelle College, is announced by Paul W. Drake, senior vice chancellor, Academic Affairs. Wayne begins his new duties July 1, succeeding Daniel Wulbert.

Wayne has been a member of the UC San Diego faculty since 1975. He began his undergraduate education at Queens College (CUNY) and did graduate work at Hunter College (CUNY) and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He taught at Ohio State University prior to joining the UC San Diego faculty.

Wayne received his Ph.D. in literature from UC San Diego, and has served the past four years as chair of the Department of Literature. He has been the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Huntington Library, and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.

His research interests include early modern studies, US culture from 1945-60, history of literary studies in education, critical theory and interdisciplinary studies. He is known for his work on Ben Jonson’s drama and poetry and on relations between poetry and early modern science with particular emphasis on Jonson and Francis Bacon.

“Professor Wayne’s administrative and academic accomplishments and his commitment to undergraduate education make him exceptionally well qualified to provide leadership as provost of Revelle College,” Drake said. “I’m delighted that he has accepted this important and challenging position.”

Barbara Sawrey, associate vice chancellor of undergraduate education and chair of the search committee, noted that “the committee was impressed with Professor Wayne’s academic and leadership experience, and his deep commitment to enhancing the diversity of the campus.”

“I’m particularly excited about serving as provost of Revelle College because it was the first of UC San Diego’s six colleges, and as such its curriculum embodies many of the educational principles and ideas of the educational leaders who planned UCSD,” Wayne said. “These ideals included the belief that science, the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts could and should be taught in a way that would encourage students to see the various disciplines as interrelated ways of understanding nature and culture.

“I welcome the prospect of working with Revelle undergraduates, faculty and staff to sustain the educational mission envisioned by Roger Revelle and his colleagues a half-century ago, and to help develop that vision in a way that is both responsible to the Revelle College tradition and responsive to our changing world,” Wayne said.


Media Contact: Pat JaCoby, 858-534-7404 or pjacoby@ucsd.edu

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