Smart promoted to dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Robert Smart
Robert Smart, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

July 15, 2014 - Robert Smart, professor and chair of English and director of the writing program, has been promoted to dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

"Bob brings to the position incredible experience, energy, vision and leadership so essential to Quinnipiac's mission and commitment to giving our students a great liberal arts education that will serve them for life," said Paul Zeleza, vice president for academic affairs. "I am thrilled with Bob's appointment."

In his new position, Smart will be responsible for 142 faculty members and the approximately 1,650 students in the college, which includes the departments of biological sciences, chemistry and physical sciences, economics, English, history, legal studies, mathematics and computer science, modern languages, philosophy and political science, psychology, sociology and visual and performing arts.

Smart, who joined the Quinnipiac faculty in 2000, said, "The arts and sciences are more important now for our students than ever before, and I look forward to working with the talented faculty and staff of the College of Arts and Sciences to guide our students towards a satisfying and rewarding education as well as a fulfilling adult life."

Smart earned his doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Utah. He also holds a master's degree in rhetoric and comparative literature from the University of Utah and a bachelor's degree from the University of Maine, where he was a double major in English and history. 

Smart is the founding editor of "The Writing Teacher" and the author of "The Nonfiction Novel" and numerous articles on Gothic and Irish literature. Smart earned the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010.