Office of the Dean
The Office of the Dean
Donald E. Hall
Herbert J. and Ann L. Siegel Dean
Donald E. Hall has published widely in the fields of British studies, gender theory, cultural studies, and professional studies. Prior to arriving at Lehigh in 2011, he served as Jackson Distinguished Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English (and previously Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages) at West Virginia University (WVU). Before his tenure at WVU, he was Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at California State University, Northridge, where he taught for thirteen years. He is a recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award at CSUN, was a visiting professor at the National University of Rwanda, was 2001 Lansdowne Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Victoria (Canada), was Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Studies at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria, for 2004-05, and was Fulbright Specialist at the University of Helsinki for 2006. He has taught also in Sweden, Romania, Hungary, and China. He has served on numerous panels and committees for the Modern Language Association (MLA), including the Task Force on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion and the Convention Program Committee. In 2012, he served as national President of the Association of Departments of English. In 2013, he was elected to and began serving on the Executive Council of the MLA.
His current and forthcoming work examines issues such as professional responsibility and academic community-building, the dialogics of social change and ethical intellectualism, and the Victorian (and our continuing) interest in the deployment of instrumental agency over our social, vocational, and sexual selves. His book, The Academic Community: A Manual For Change, was published by Ohio State University Press in the fall of 2007. His tenth book, Reading Sexualities: Hermeneutic Theory and the Future of Queer Studies, was published in the spring of 2009. In 2012, he and Annamarie Jagose, of the University of Auckland, collaborated on a volume titled The Routledge Queer Studies Reader, which was published in July of that year. He continues to lecture worldwide on the value of a liberal arts education and the need for nurturing global competencies in students and interdisciplinary dialogue in and beyond the classroom.
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff
Diane Hyland is professor of psychology and formerly served as chair of the department. She also serves as director of the Center for Social Research. A member of the faculty for nearly 30 years, Diane has taught courses on topics including child development, adult development and aging, psychology of gender, and social research. In 1991, she received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindbach Award for Distinguished Teaching by a senior member of the faculty and the Panhellenic Council Faculty Award in 1991
Over the course of her career at Lehigh, Diane has actively published and frequently presented at professional conferences. Outside the classroom, Diane has been an energetic member of the university community, serving as a mentor to junior faculty and taking leadership roles on committees that provide the experience perfectly suited to her new role. She has played dynamic roles while serving on committees such as the Faculty Personnel Policy Review, University Institutional Review Board, University Task Force on Faculty Diversity, University Faculty Steering Committee, University Personnel Committee, and the University’s Presidential Search Committee. In late 2009, she was asked by President Gast to serve on the search committee for the newly established presidential chair in health in the social sciences or humanities.
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
A member of the faculty since 1992, Isaak's research is in the area of discrete mathematics. In particular he works in the area of combinatorics on universal cycles, which are compact ways to encode patterns of binary strings and their generalizations and in graph theory on problems related to efficient algorithms and structural characterization for structured graph classes as well as on problems related to the graphical structure of patterns arising from round robin tournaments. He has published several dozen research papers on these and other topics, is a frequent speaker at mathematics conferences as well as giving talks to undergraduate students, is on the editorial board of advances and applications of discrete mathematics and is a fellow of the institute for combinatorics and its applications. He has served on several dozen thesis committees and has advised six PhD students with four more in progress. He has developed new combinatorics and problem solving courses as well as a new calculus class involving business applications. Isaak has served on various departmental, college and university committees over the years.
Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Programs and International Initiatives
Jackie Krasas is Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology. She directed the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program from 2005 until 2014. As Director of WGSS she expanded the program from an undergraduate minor in 2005 to one that now includes both an undergraduate major and an interdisciplinary graduate certificate. Her scholarship focuses on gender, race and employment inequality, masculinities, work and family, sexual harassment, and non-standard work. Her book, Temps: The Many Faces of the Changing Workplace, analyzes the rise in temporary employment and the experience of temporary workers in terms of race, gender, power, and identity. Prof. Krasas is co-principle investigator and part of the leadership team for the Lehigh ADVANCE grant, “Building Community Beyond Academic Departments.” Her scholarship from the grant focuses on gender and interdisciplinary work in academia, particularly in STEM fields. Prof. Krasas received her PhD in sociology with a specialty in gender studies from the University of Southern California. She is also a 1987 graduate of Lehigh University.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Cameron Wesson is the Lucy G. Moses Distinguished Professor in the department of sociology and anthropology. Before arriving at Lehigh in 2011, he served as associate professor and chair of the department of anthropology at the University of Vermont (UVM). Prior to his tenure at UVM, he was associate professor of anthropology and director of graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His scholarly interests center on, Native American architecture and community planning, non-Capitalist political economies, archaeological remote sensing, and archaeometry. He is the author or co-editor of three books, with his most recent volume, Households and Hegemony examines Native American responses to European colonization in the Deep South. He is currently developing an archaeological research project addressing Iron Age hillforts in England and Wales. Wesson received both his PhD and MA in anthropology from the University of Illinois and his BA in anthropology and BS in architecture and environmental studies from Auburn University.