Date: April 4, 2022
TO: The Gallatin School Community
FROM: Andrew Hamilton, President and Katherine Fleming, Provost

Dear Gallatin Faculty, Students, Administrators, and Staff,

We are very happy to share with you the good news that, following an international search, we have named Victoria Rosner as the dean of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, effective July 15. She comes to NYU from Columbia University’s School of General Studies, where she has been serving as the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Gallatin attracts some of the most interesting, self-motivated students at NYU, whose intellectual curiosity is then cultivated by the school’s wonderful faculty. Gallatin’s distinctive individualized approach to the liberal arts, its character as a small college with a strong sense of community in a large research university setting, and its commitment to interdisciplinary learning and research as well as the arts, require a very special person as dean. In Victoria Rosner, we have found just such a person.

Her record of collaboration across schools and disciplines, her focus on curricular rigor and student life, her ability to draw together diverse points of view to create a common vision and then maintain focus on achieving the goals of that vision — these are all skills that will serve her well as Gallatin’s dean. Her own scholarship focuses primarily on literary modernism seen from an interdisciplinary perspective, and her books illuminate the complex ways in which literature shares a conceptual lexicon with architecture, design, science, and technology. Her interest in research across disciplinary divides exemplifies the Gallatin focus on rethinking boundaries between fields. And her record of creating opportunities for underrepresented and first-generation students aligns with the school’s own commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Victoria Rosner is the recipient of numerous awards and honors from organizations including the Graham Foundation, the Modernist Studies Association, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of Machines for Living: Modernism and Domestic Life (Oxford UP, 2020) and Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life (Columbia UP, 2005), as well as editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Bloomsbury Group (Cambridge UP, 2014) and The Global and the Intimate: Feminist Theory in Our Time (Columbia UP, 2012). Her public-facing scholarship includes the web archive Pioneering Women of American Architecture as well as the oral history project Frontline Nurses. She is co-editor of Gender and Culture at Columbia University Press, the preeminent book series on gender and the humanities.

She has been Dean of Academic Affairs at Columbia’s School of General Studies (which she first joined in 2010) since 2016. She joined the faculty of Texas A&M University as an assistant professor in 1998 and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2004.

A native New Yorker, Victoria Rosner received her BA, MA, and PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

We have two important “thank you’s” to offer.

We would like to express our gratitude to the members of the Dean’s Search Committee. The Committee, which was so ably chaired by Associate Professor Kimberly DaCosta, did an excellent job in determining what Gallatin needed in a dean, identifying candidates, and reviewing them. Their hard work, which they undertook in addition to their regular duties, ultimately resulted in the happy announcement we are making today.

We also want to thank and convey our admiration for Susanne Wofford. For some 14 years, Susanne has been an outstanding dean of Gallatin, fostering a culture that made the school a campus hub of artistic creativity, intellectual vibrancy, and academic rigor. She doubled the number of full-time faculty, was an effective fundraiser, expanded Gallatin’s areas of scholarly strength, and helped establish the Prison Education Program, of which we are all so proud.

Please join us in thanking Susanne Wofford for her excellent service as dean and the members of the Search Committee for their successful efforts. And especially please join us in welcoming Victoria Rosner to NYU and the Gallatin School, and congratulating her on her appointment as dean — we’re so glad to have her.