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.
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
appointment is effective June 2017.
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.
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.
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.