Baldwin Professor of Humanities, Professor of English; Convener of the Arts & Letters Program; Interim Dean of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies
When I think of the "interim" in Interim Dean, I think of John Bicknell, the architect of the modern English Department at Drew. When I began my career at Drew in 1970, I was a twenty-six year old, brand new Ph.D. and Assistant Professor. John was my mentor. Sometimes he would look at me with the clear blue eyes of experience, clear his throat, and begin, "Well."
In 1967-68, John Bicknell served as Interim Dean of the Graduate School, helping to set the foundation of the house of graduate studies we live and thrive in now. That I have come to occupy the position he held makes me pause and say, "Well, now, what has changed and what has been sustained?"
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