Published October 11, 2017
Dear University Community:
I am pleased to announce that Graham L. Hammill has been appointed Vice Provost for Educational Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School, effective October 11, 2017.
In this new role, Graham will lead Educational Affairs which encompasses Undergraduate Education including the Honors College; the Graduate School; Student Success and Retention, which includes the Cora P. Maloney College, Student Advising Services and Finish in 4; and the Center for Excellence in Writing. In addition, this unit will align program development and approval, assessment and program review, and academic support services across undergraduate and graduate education to enhance student access, support and success at all levels.
Graham has served as Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School since 2015. As Vice Provost and Dean, Graham has overseen the development of a number of innovative, interdisciplinary degree and professional development programs for liberal arts students with support from a $1.75 million grant from SUNY. In addition, to help better prepare graduates for a shifting and multifaceted employment landscape, under his leadership, the Graduate School launched Graduate Professional Development workshop programming and online resources and the Three Minute Thesis competition, which challenges PhD students to explain their dissertation research in three minutes to a non-expert audience. The Graduate School also created the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to increase the number of prestigious external awards received by students at all levels.
To enhance degree program quality across the university, Graham streamlined and improved the Comprehensive Program Review Process. He also led a comprehensive evaluation of the state of doctoral education at UB and launched a series of dashboards that provide department chairs and directors of graduate study with key data and Association of American Universities comparisons to aid in department strategic planning efforts.
A UB faculty member since 2008, Graham is an expert in early modern British literature. He is the author of two books – Sexuality and Form: Caravaggio, Marlowe and Bacon and The Mosaic Constitution: Political Theology and Imagination from Machiavelli to Milton – and editor of Political Theology and Early Modernity. He has published numerous scholarly articles and received many awards and grants throughout his academic career.
Graham will commence a search soon for a new Dean of Undergraduate Education to replace Professor Andrew M. Stott who left UB in August for the University of Southern California.
I am grateful to Graham for accepting this additional, important leadership assignment, and for his continued commitment to excellence for UB’s students and academic programs.
Charles F. Zukoski Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs