FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 07/07/96
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DEAN OF ARTS AND LETTERS
Los Angeles, July 7, 1996 -- California State University,
Los Angeles has named Pasadena resident Carl M. Selkin to
the post of dean of the School of Arts and Letters, effective
July 1, 1996, announced Provost and Vice President for Academic
Affairs Margaret J. Hartman. Selkin has been serving as acting
dean of the School of Arts and Letters since July 1, 1994. Prior
to that, he chaired the Department of English from 1991 to 1994.
Carl Selkin joined the CSLA English Department faculty in 1970.
He received his B.A. in English from Syracuse University, and
his M.A. and Ph.D., with a specialization in Renaissance and 17th
century British literature, from the State University of New York
Selkin, who considers himself "a generalist with a specialty
in Renaissance studies," has been involved in developing
and supporting interdisciplinary studies at Cal State L.A. He
has worked in the NEXA program of interdisciplinary humanities
and science courses originated by San Francisco State, and was
active in developing numerous theme classes for CSLA's upper division
General Education Program. In 1986 he inaugurated the Canadian
studies project at Cal State L.A. with an international conference
and celebration of Canadian literature and film, and since then
he has been active in Canadian studies locally and nationally.
As a past coordinator of the CSLA English Department's visiting
writers series, he has been instrumental in bringing authors such
as Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, Yevgeny Yevtushenko and CSLA Distinguished
Alumnus Michael Harper to campus for readings. In 1986, he founded
the Jean Burden Poetry Series at Cal State L.A. and established
it as an endowed annual reading, bringing to campus such renowned
poets as Lucille Clifton, Howard Nemerov, Mark Strand and, most
recently, Richard Wilbur.
He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant
to develop audiences for poetry. In 1989, he was invited to teach
in the Department of English of Universite Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand,
France, and was a Fulbright lecturer at Universite de Haute Alsace,
Mulhouse, France. Active in University, School and department
governance, Selkin has served on the Cal State L.A. Academic Senate
(including the Executive Committee) and numerous other committees.
As Acting Dean, he established the School's first community advisory
board. He is a member of the board of the Southwest Chamber
Music Society, and is listed in Who's Who in California.