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Dean of the Faculty

Vassar College

Associate Dean appointment

Dear Members of the Vassar Community,

I am pleased to announce that Carlos Alamo-Pastrana, Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American and Latino/a Studies, has accepted an appointment to a new position as Associate Dean of the Faculty & Academic Resources, effective July 2017 through June 2020. Carlos has been serving as Associate Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources since summer 2016. His new position will serve as a bridge between the DOSPAR and DOF offices, with approximately half-time duties in each office.

Carlos joined Vassar’s faculty in 2007 as a Consortium for Faculty Diversity pre-doctoral fellow, entering a tenure-line position the following year. Carlos has provided outstanding campus leadership in his current associate dean role, including service on the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Self-Study Steering Committee, the Campus Master Planning Committee, the Sustainability Committee, and the Classroom Committee, which he chairs. Other contributions prior to 2016 included membership on the Committee on Inclusion and Excellence, membership on several multidisciplinary program steering committees, and service as a Sexual Assault Response Team advocate.

Carlos received his B.A. from the University of Colorado and his M.A. & Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His scholarly work and teaching center on Caribbean studies, popular culture, race, Puerto Rican politics, and prison studies. His book Seams of Empire: Race and Radicalism in Puerto Rico and the United States was published in 2016 by the University Press of Florida.

We are thrilled to welcome Carlos to the Dean of the Faculty office. Please join me in thanking him for taking on this new responsibility.

Jon Chenette
Interim President (2016-17) & Dean of the Faculty