Glaser Appointed Academic Dean
Tufts political scientist and former dean of undergraduate education takes on new role
Award-winning teacher, scholar and author James Glaser, a professor of political science, has been named academic dean for the School of Arts and Sciences.
“Jim’s expertise and experience made him the perfect choice for academic dean, and I am delighted he agreed to accept this position,” said Joanne Berger-Sweeney, dean of the school, in announcing the appointment on August 31.
Glaser succeeds Vickie Sullivan, professor of political science, who has returned full-time to the faculty after serving “brilliantly” in the post, according to Berger-Sweeney.
Since coming to Tufts in 1991, Glaser has done research in and taught electoral politics and political behavior. His book The Hand of the Past in Contemporary Southern Politics (Yale University Press, 2005) was named by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title of 2005. His first book, Race, Campaign Politics, and the Realignment of the South (Yale University Press, 1996), received the Southern Political Science Association’s V.O. Key Prize for the best book on southern politics.
Glaser received Tufts’ 2000 Lerman-Neubauer Prize for Outstanding Teaching and Advising, awarded to a faculty member judged by graduating seniors as having had a profound effect on them intellectually.
Since 2003, Glaser has served as dean of undergraduate education while continuing to teach, as he plans to in his new role as academic dean. He is credited with building Tufts’ Student Affairs and Student Services offices into an improved and more unified organization.
He implemented recommendations from the President’s Task Force on Undergraduate Education. These include the Summer Scholars program, the Snyder Lecture Series and a revised advising system.
He also oversaw a task force on retention that sought to rectify economic inequities that might hamper a student’s Tufts experience. This has led to a Health Careers Fellows program, a new advising model for Pell Grant students, health insurance for students whose families do not have coverage, a fund for disability testing and new programming for students who are the first in their families to go to college.