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Interim Dean Announced

June 13, 2017

  • Bruce Suttmeier
    Steve Hambuchen

Bruce Suttmeier, associate professor of Japanese and associate dean of faculty, has been appointed to serve as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

He succeeds Dean Catherine Gunther Kodat, who was recently named provost and dean of the faculty at Lawrence University.

A University of Rochester graduate with a PhD from Stanford, Suttmeier has been at Lewis & Clark since 2001. His teaching in Japanese language, literature, and civilization, as well as a first-year course on travel and travel writing, has won praise from students and colleagues.

Suttmeier’s published research has examined war memory and trauma in Japanese fiction of the 1960s as well as Tokyo’s frenetic preparations for the 1964 Olympic Games. He has chapters in two forthcoming volumes—one published by Oxford University Press—and his work has appeared in many scholarly periodicals, including the Journal of Japanese Studies and positions: east asia cultures critique.

In addition to his teaching and research, Suttmeier has served since 2015 as associate dean for faculty development, a role in which he has managed faculty searches, orientation and mentoring, developmental and tenure/promotion reviews, and development programs. Naiomi Cameron, associate professor of mathematics, will now assume this role.

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