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.


Diane Hyland
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.


Frank Davis
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

A member of the faculty since 1987, Davis has been an active member of the faculty, and brings to his new role an extensive background in student advising. Davis’ primary research interests fall within the area of the United States Congress and American politics. He has published many book chapters and articles on American politics. During his tenure at Lehigh, he has been a member of the college’s course and curriculum committee, a member of the college’s policy committee, the political sciences department’s graduate student adviser, and most recently the department’s director of graduate studies.


Garth Isaak
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.