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Brian Norman

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Antioch College

Brian Norman is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH. Reopened in 2011 as a result of alumni activism, Antioch is continuing its pioneering history as a catalyst for change and laboratory for democracy while reinventing itself for the needs of the 21st century and hopes of the next generation. As VPAA, Brian works with the Antioch community to provide a transformative student experience that combines a rigorous liberal arts education, experiential learning, and commitment to justice through Antioch’s signature “classrooms, co-op, community” model. Before then, he served as the inaugural Dean of the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities at Simmons University in Boston where he worked with faculty and other community partners to build a mission, vision, and values for one of four new interdisciplinary colleges as part of a university strategic plan to bring together graduate and undergraduate education across the professions and liberal arts. Brian also served as Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Diversity at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore where he oversaw faculty development, faculty governance, and academic diversity initiatives.

As an academic leader, he believes in the transformative power of liberal education and the civic role of institutions of higher education. He brings special experience in organizational change, faculty development, institutional equity, and shared governance. He has also published on moving the needle on faculty diversity (Department Chair 2022), faculty leadership development (Change: A Magazine of Higher Education 2019), and religious pluralism and intolerance on campus (Conversations 2017).

As a scholar, he studies and teaches American literature, especially African American and twentieth-century literature, and he has published a number of books on the relationship between literature and social change, including Dead Women Talking: Figures of Injustice in American Literature (Johns Hopkins 2013), Neo-Segregation Narratives: Jim Crow in Post-Civil Rights American Literature (Georgia 2010), and The American Protest Essay and National Belonging (SUNY 2007). He has held residential fellowships at University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Wesleyan University, and Rutgers University.

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