Berry Professor Chosen as Siena College Dean

Release Date: December 16, 2016

Berry College professor Lara Baker Whelan has been appointed the new dean of the Siena College School of Liberal Arts in New York.

Whelan is currently a tenured associate professor of English, rhetoric and writing at Berry College. In addition to teaching, she is also director of Berry’s Honors Program and coordinator of its national and international scholarships and fellowships program. 

Her appointment is effective June 2017. 

Whelan’s primary responsibilities as dean will be to administer all programs in the School of Liberal Arts, which enrolls more than 1,000 students taught by 175 full-time and part-time faculty. Siena College is a private liberal arts college in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition that enrolls 3,000 students.  

Whelan joined the faculty at Berry in 1999. She has taught courses in British modernism, Victorian literature, British romanticism, Irish literature, women’s literature and more. She served as chair of her department for five years. 

She is the author of the book Class, Culture and Suburban Anxieties in the Victorian Era, which was published in 2009, in addition to numerous book chapters, articles and reviews. She holds a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College, an M.A. from King’s College, University of London, and a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.