New Dean Faculty of Humanities

From 1 January 2020, CLUE+ research coordinator Prof. Dr. Susan Legêne has been appointed dean of the Faculty of Humanities.

10/09/2019 | 10:39 AM

The Executive Board is pleased to announce that, as of 1 January 2020, VU professor Susan Legêne will be appointed dean of the Faculty of Humanities.

Susan Legêne joined the VU more than ten years ago as professor of political history and served as the head of the department of Art and Culture, History, Antiquity until 2018. She is currently a member of the management team of the CLUE+ interfaculty research institute and plays an active role in the Migration and Diversity Centre. She has a clear vision for the faculty’s course in the turbulent field of the Humanities. With her connective leadership style and rigorous attitude, she will work with the faculty community to realise the faculty’s ambitions.
She will be following in the footsteps of VU professor Michel ter Hark, who was appointed dean of the Faculty of Arts on 1 January 2012, before becoming dean of the Faculty of Humanities on 1 January 2015. After stepping down as dean, Ter Hark will remain a member of the faculty, where he will teach and use his ample experience to guide and support talented young academics until his retirement.
Rector magnificus Vinod Subramaniam: “I’m very pleased that Susan Legêne is to be the next dean of the Faculty of Humanities. She is a great communicator and a connective leader with a clear vision for the faculty. We wish her and the faculty community the utmost success in establishing connections between the Humanities and the VU’s other disciplines.”
Legêne: “The Faculty of Humanities is home to a remarkable combination of disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and research of great social significance and with links to almost all other faculties of the university. The staff is committed to meaningful internationalisation that will also benefit research and teaching in Dutch, which is indispensable for the Humanities. Over the next four years, I will focus on strengthening the faculty’s diversity, its position in society and the balance between teaching and research.”