May 1, 1997
Valerie D. Greenberg, associate professor of German, has been named interim dean of Newcomb College. Greenberg, who is filling the vacancy created by the departure of Dean Jeanie Watson, will begin her appointment on July 1 and serve in that capacity for the 1997-98 academic year.
"It seems to me that the most important goal is to help Newcomb steer a steady course in this coming year," said Greenberg, who is currently on leave. "I myself am a loyal graduate of a women's college and deeply committed to women's education," she said.
A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Greenberg said the experiences offered young women through Newcomb are valuable in several ways. "It gives women opportunities for leadership through various governing bodies and interact with faculty and administration more closely than they might if they were part of only a larger university," she said. Beyond that, said Greenberg, Newcomb offers "programs facilitating career possibilities and life choices for women."
Greenberg said she will not teach during her appointment in order to concentrate on administrative duties. "I want to give this my best effort and be a dean who is present and available to students, alumnae, faculty and staff," she said. While this is her first administrative appointment, Greenberg is a veteran of university governance.
Since joining the faculty in 1986, Greenberg has served in the University Senate and has been elected or appointed to a number of committees, including the Committee on Educational Policy, the Committee on Budget Review, the Graduate Council and the Committee on Academic Requirements. She has also been recognized for her teaching through awards such as the Tulane Honors' Professor of the Year in 1990 and the Salute for Excellence in Teaching in 1992.
"If you want to be a member of a community you should also want to take part in it," said Greenberg, who holds master's degrees from Duke University and Boston University and a PhD from the University of North Carolina.
She is an author of numerous papers and articles as well as three books. Her most recent work, a book to be published by Cornell University Press in October 1997, is entitled Freud and his Aphasia Book: Language and the Sources of Psychoanalysis. "It concerns early Freud and the culture in which he worked and how it influenced him," said Greenberg.
Greenberg was appointed to the interim position by Teresa Soufas, acting dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, after consultation with Tulane President Eamon Kelly and key Newcomb administrators and alumnae.
"The issue of picking an acting dean meant considering all of the things that are part of Newcomb that that person would have to oversee," said Soufas. "As a member of the academic community and with her credentials as a scholar, teacher, and great involvement in governing the university, Dr. Greenberg fulfills all of those categories and is eminently qualified."
According to Soufas, a search committee to fill the position of Newcomb dean will be formed early next fall. The anticipated date for a new dean to be in place is July 1, 1998.
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