Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School

Published June 18, 2015 This content is archived.

Dear University Community:

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Graham L. Hammill as Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School effective August 1, 2015.   Dr. Hammill is a Professor in the Department of English and currently serves as department chair.   He succeeds SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Physics John T. Ho who will return to his faculty appointment in the Department of Physics.

As Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, Professor Hammill will be responsible for providing dynamic academic leadership and a vision for graduate and professional education to advance the University at Buffalo as a premier public research university. He will promote and champion the development of new and innovative graduate and professional programs, be an advocate for the graduate student experience, and coordinate the systematic review of existing graduate and professional programs.  Additionally, as the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, he will be responsible for the assessment and continual improvement of graduate student and post-doctoral fellow central academic support services, the coordination of new academic degree program approval process, and final resolution of  cases of involving graduate and professional student conduct, academic integrity, and grievances. 

Professor Hammill, a UB faculty member since 2008, is an expert in early modern British literature. He is the author of two books, Sexuality and Form: Caravaggio, Marlowe and Bacon (2000) and The Mosaic Constitution: Political Theology and Imagination from Machiavelli to Milton (2012), and editor of Political Theology and Early Modernity. He has published numerous scholarly articles and delivered many presentations and lectures on early modern literature, political thought and the history of sexuality. Professor Hammill has taken leadership positions in several professional organizations including currently serving as president of the International Spenser Society.   He is a recipient of many awards and grants throughout his academic career, including a UB Humanities Institute Research Fellowship (2012-13), SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines grant (with Carla Mazzio, 2010), and Kaneb Center Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Notre Dame (2006).  

In addition to being chair in the Department of English at UB, Professor Hammill has served on the university’s General Education Task Force, Gender Studies Executive Committee, College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Planning: Faculty Affairs, and as the English department’s Director of Graduate Admission and Recruitment from 2009-2012 and Director of Graduate Placement from 2010-2013.

A graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in English, Professor Hammill holds a PhD in English from Duke University.   Prior to his arrival at UB, he was a Professor in the Departments of English at the University of Notre Dame (1995-2001) and North Carolina State University (1992-1995).

We would like to extend our personal thanks to SUNY Distinguished Professor of Geography, Peter A. Rogerson, and all of the members of the search committee for their outstanding service, which was critical to the successful outcome of the search.  

Please join us in congratulating Professor Hammill and welcoming him to this significant leadership role within our campus community.



Charles F. Zukoski                                                                                        Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

A. Scott Weber                                                                                         Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs