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Distributed May 16, 2005
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Sheila Bonde to become dean of the Graduate School in July

Sheila Bonde, an internationally renowned scholar in medieval French art and architecture and a member of the Brown University faculty for more than 20 years, will become dean of the Brown Graduate School, succeeding Karen Newman. She will begin her duties in July.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Sheila Bonde, a Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence and professor of history of art and architecture, has been appointed dean of the Graduate School at Brown University, succeeding Karen Newman. Bonde will begin her duties in July.

In her role as dean, Bonde will have primary responsibility for the continued enhancement of graduate education at Brown University, a central priority in the Plan for Academic Enrichment, and will serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

“As a scholar, as a teacher, as a department chair, and as a member of various boards and committees, Professor Bonde has been an energetic and thoughtful citizen of our University,” said President Ruth J. Simmons. “She will continue to provide the Graduate School with the strong and insightful leadership it must have at a time when the University is making significant investments in graduate education.”

In more than 20 years as a member of the Brown faculty, Bonde has received awards for the quality of her teaching and for her involvement in programs designed to improve instructional technique for faculty and graduate students. She is one of three inaugural Royce Professors, an honor focused on teaching excellence, and has received a Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning.

As the senior academic officer in the Graduate School, Bonde will guide the school’s growth and identify ways to improve student recruitment as Brown pursues its Plan for Academic Enrichment. She will be Brown’s primary advocate for graduate education and will represent the University in national discussions about graduate education.

In her tenure at the University, Bonde has served on the Academic Priorities Committee, the Inaugural Board of the Humanities Center, the Organizing Committee for the Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, the Board of the Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Committee on the Status of Women. She has also served as chair of the Department of History of Art and Architecture.

Sheila Bonde

An internationally renowned scholar in medieval French art and architecture, Bonde’s research includes an archaeological investigation at Saint-Jean-des-Vignes in Soissons, France, that is the longest-running continuous project of its kind in that country. Her work in France has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has trained numerous graduate students not only in medieval art and architecture, but in early Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Byzantine art and architecture.

Bonde received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1982 and has been at Brown since 1984. In 2002 she was awarded a Harriet W. Sheridan Award in recognition of her mentoring of junior faculty colleagues and graduate students to be good teachers as well as good scholars. She is known for the care and respect she has given to undergraduate students in her lectures and seminars.

Bonde’s commitment to diversity in the curriculum has led her to teach outside her own areas of study, including courses in Islamic Art. Her embrace and dissemination of digital research and teaching tools has benefited an international community of colleagues and students, specifically the instructional Web site she helped develop for her archaeological investigations in France.


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