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Molly Youngkin Named New Associate Dean

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Molly Youngkin

Associate Dean Molly Youngkin

The Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at Loyola Marymount University is pleased to announce the appointment of Molly Youngkin, professor of English, as the new Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness.

Youngkin joins the dean’s office after nine years of teaching, scholarship and service in the English Department, where she has served terms as associate chair and acting chair, in addition to service on many other department, College, and University committees and task forces. Prior to joining the faculty at LMU, she earned her Ph.D. from Ohio State University (2002), and taught at CSU Dominguez Hills. Her teaching and research focuses on 19th-century British literature, especially gender issues in the Victorian novel, and she has secondary interests in periodical studies and narrative theory. She has published two critical monographs, an annotated edition, and twelve scholarly articles on these topics.

As associate dean for institutional effectiveness, Youngkin will lead assessment, program review, and technology projects for the College, as well as annual reporting, capital requests, facilities-related audits, and records management. She also brings special interest in interdisciplinary studies and their creative intersection with assessment and technology projects, and wants to support digital liberal arts initiatives across the College.

“I’m excited to serve the College in new and interesting ways,” said Youngkin. “The intersection between interdisciplinarity, assessment, and technology offers us a way to think about our work in the liberal arts with a face towards the future.”

Youngkin is replacing Jennifer Eich, professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, who completed her term in December. Youngkin’s appointment began January 3, 2017.