Stott named undergraduate dean

Published January 13, 2013


Andrew M. Stott, professor of English and director of the Honors College, has been named dean for undergraduate education, effective Jan. 1.

The appointment was announced by A. Scott Weber, senior vice provost for academic affairs.

In his new role, Stott—who was named director of the Honors College and associate dean for undergraduate education earlier this year after a national search—will help articulate, shape and elevate learning for all undergraduate students at UB.

He will continue to serve as director of the Honors College.

As dean for undergraduate education, Stott will provide leadership in defining the core values that guide the UB undergraduate experience; provide direction for the future of all undergraduate curricula and policy, including general education; and increase opportunities for experiential undergraduate learning.

“Professor Stott has demonstrated a strong commitment to UB, especially focusing on the scope and quality of our undergraduate learning experience,” Weber said. “In his first year as director of the Honors College, he has provided dynamic, collaborative and effective leadership. I know that he will be a creative and effective guide for greatly enhancing undergraduate learning at UB, and I am very excited to have him in this new leadership role.”

A faculty member in the Department of English for the past 10 years, Stott is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and has served as both director of undergraduate studies and director of the MA program in the English department.

A specialist in British literature and popular culture from the 16th to 19th centuries, he is co-editor of “Ghosts: Deconstruction Psychoanalysis History” (Macmillan, 1999), named by the Times Literary Supplement as one of its “Books of the Millennium.” He also authored “Comedy” (Routledge, 2005) and “The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi” (Canongate, 2009), which won the Royal Society of Literature/Jerwood Prize for Non-Fiction, the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography and the George Freedley Memorial Award of the Theater Library Association.

“Grimaldi” was dramatized as a BBC Radio 4 “Book of the Week” and was named by the Guardian newspaper as one of its “Books of the Year” for 2010.

A recipient of fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., and the Huntington Library in California, Stott most recently was the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Fellow at the New York Public Library’s prestigious Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

A native of the UK, he received his PhD from the University of Wales, Cardiff, in 1995.