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Ellen Keck Stauder announced as next dean of the faculty


“I am honored to have been chosen for this position and very much look forward to working with the faculty and the entire community, especially as we celebrate Reed’s Centennial and begin a new chapter in the college’s history,” said Stauder.


February 25, 2010 (Portland, OR)--Reed College President Colin Diver announced the appointment of Ellen Keck Stauder as the college’s next dean of the faculty. Stauder will succeed Peter Steinberger at the conclusion of the current academic year. Steinberger has served in that role since 1997, excluding the 2001–02 academic year when he served as acting president.

“Among the current faculty there is really no one who is as well prepared to step into the shoes so admirably filled by Peter Steinberger over the past 13 years,” wrote President Diver in a memo announcing Stauder’s appointment.

Stauder is the David Eddings Professor of English and Humanities. She served as associate provost from 1989–93 and as interim dean of the faculty in 2001-02. She earned a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, an M.A. at the College of St. Rose, and a B.M. at the Eastman School of Music.

Her research focuses on the poetry of Ezra Pound, especially his experiments in free verse rhythms and modernist form. Her other interests include lyric poetry, relationships between poetry and the other arts, and prosody. Stauder’s use of innovative rhythm analysis technology has revolutionized the way students understand poetry and poetics. In 2000, she helped to create INTRA (Interactive Tutorial on Rhythm Analysis), a web-based tool that uses interactive exercises to help students understand the way rhythm structures temporal experience in poetry.

In accepting the position, Stauder said that she is delighted to work in support of the college’s longstanding mission to provide a liberal arts education devoted to the highest caliber of intellectual and creative work. She wrote: “I am honored to have been chosen for this position and very much look forward to working with the faculty and the entire community, especially as we celebrate Reed’s Centennial and begin a new chapter in the college’s history.”