Longtime Princeton Dean Nancy Weiss Malkiel is Next ‘Leading Voices’ Speaker


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Longtime Princeton Dean Nancy Weiss Malkiel is the next speaker in the “Leading Voices in Higher Education” series. Her lecture, “Reinvigorating Undergraduate Education: Perspectives from the Front Lines,” will take place Tuesday, May 1, at 4:30 p.m., in Carson L01. The lecture is free and open to the public.


Longtime Princeton Dean Nancy Weiss Malkiel’s lecture “Reinvigorating Undergraduate Education: Perspectives from the Front Lines,” will take place Tuesday, May 1, at 4:30 p.m., in Carson Hall L01. (Courtesy of Nancy Weiss Malkiel)

Malkiel, who spent 24 years as dean of the college at Princeton University—the school’s longest-tenured person in that position—will speak about her innovative work as dean at Princeton.

She is also a history professor and was the senior officer in charge of Princeton’s undergraduate academic program. In that role, she was responsible for advancements including expansion of the Freshman Seminar Program, introduction of the Writing Program, launching the four-year college system, creating the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, and encouraging innovation through the 250th anniversary teaching fund.

About “Leading Voices in Higher Education”

The “Leading Voices” speaker series is part of Dartmouth’s strategic planning process, which began last summer.

Provost Carol Folt says, “We are drawing the best thinkers and innovators in higher education today. Ideas for the series are coming from our strategic planning working group members, who suggested speakers who will challenge and inspire our community as we work together to chart a course for Dartmouth’s future.”

Following Malkiel in the series will be sociologist Jonathan R. Cole, on Tuesday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m. in Rockefeller 3. Cole is a Columbia University professor, and is best known for his work on the development of the sociology of science as a research specialty. He will speak about his book The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Natural Role, Why It Must Be Protected.

The Dartmouth community has heard from a number of Leading Voices speakers this year, including humanities scholar Cathy Davidson, author of Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Menand, a writer at The New Yorker and Harvard professor who writes about the role of higher education in society; and Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, a free, online education source with more than 3.7 million unique users a month.

To begin the series, Dartmouth Professor Vijay Govindarajan, the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business at the Tuck School of Business, presented a strategic planning talk in which he asked the Dartmouth community to consider how education is changing.

“If we want to continue to be a leader, the question we need to ask is, ‘How is the world of higher education likely to change?’ If the 20th century is an American century, I say the 21st century is the global century,” said Govindarajan. “What are the implications of that for higher education?”

Susan J. Boutwell